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May 27, 2009

Memorial Day drowning claims child’s life

Jessica Pope — A fun day at the pool turned tragic for one South Georgia family on Memorial Day.

Around 2:16 p.m. Monday, officers with the Nashville Police Department were dispatched to 604 W. Washington Ave. in reference to “a child in the pool.”

The first officer arrived at the scene roughly one minute later, according to reports, and found that a 1- and-a-half-year-old child had been removed from the pool and was unresponsive. The officer at the scene immediately began efforts to revive the child, reports stated.

Berrien County Emergency Medical Services made it to the scene a few seconds later, reports added, and the child was transported to Berrien County Hospital. Efforts to resuscitate continued until the child was officially pronounced dead at 3:10 p.m.

An autopsy will be performed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab, reports stated.

The incident remains under investigation by the Nashville Police Department.

In 2005, of all children 1 to 4 years old who died, almost 30 percent died from drowning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although drowning rates have slowly declined, fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years.

More than one in four fatal drowning victims are children 14 years and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, another four received emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.

Nonfatal drownings can cause brain damage that can result in long-term disabilities like memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning.

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