Child dies from apparent hot tub drowning

ST. GEORGE – A California family lost their 2o-month-old child in an apparent drowning accident while visiting family in St. George over Easter weekend. This unspeakable tragedy serves as a reminder of the risks associated with children around water features and gives opportunity to review safety recommendations.

At approximately 5:03 p.m. on April 18, emergency personnel responded to a medical call at a residence in the St. George area, St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said, where a 20-month-old boy had been found unresponsive in a hot tub by a family member.

The family member performed CPR on the child until emergency personnel arrived. The child passed away on April 20.

The drowning appeared to be accidental and Despain said there is no ongoing investigation at this time.

Ed. note: Names associated with the incident reported are withheld due to the sensitive nature of this story and the victim being a child.


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  • Mamafirst April 28, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    This is so heartbreaking. My own son is 20 months old (he’s my 10th child). They are SO dangerous at that age… and they are made 10x as dangerous if their is a toddler around to help in their escapades. They are learning new things every day, and what they are unable to do on Monday, they can do on Tuesday. Just last night, my little guy crawled out of his crib for the first time. He’d never even TRIED getting out before. Well – he FELL out. There is always a first time for everything, and even the most diligent parents get caught off guard. My heart goes out to this family in their time of grief.

  • Mark April 28, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Just curious, how does a family support 10 children? I have a decent job, so does the wife, have a decent house for the 3 of us, NO assistance OF ANY KIND, I couldn’t imagine having to feed,clothe and insure 9 more kids. I don’t mean to get off subject or disrespect the family of the child in the story, but I couldn’t help asking these questions.

    • I BAPTIZE TERRORISTS April 29, 2014 at 9:02 am

      Could be a local 1%er.

    • Tim April 29, 2014 at 11:54 am

      Of course they get government support and the church’s support also! They burden the school system yet probably don’t pay any more in property taxes. So each property owner supports them also.

  • Obama's gonna take our guns!!! April 29, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Was there booze involved or was it just negligence?

  • Applejack April 29, 2014 at 8:59 am

    My heart goes out to the family of this child. May he or she rest in peace

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