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Boy Drowns, Sister and Mom Saved

January 30, 1985

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) _ A 4-year-old boy drowned but his baby sister and mother were pulled from the surf after what police believe may have been an attempt by the despondent woman to die with her children.

The baby, 6-month-old Yuri Kimura, was in very critical condition at the University of California-Los Angeles Medical Center after the incident Tuesday, police Lt. Mike Murphy said Wednesday.

Fumiko Kimura, 32, a Tarzana resident and native of Japan, was in stable condition at St. John’s Hospital, Murphy said.

Detectives believe the woman was despondent about not being able to return to Japan, according to television news reports.

″We’re investigating it as a murder-suicide,″ Murphy said. The woman, however, was not immediately booked.

The woman and children were found floating in the ocean a few blocks north of the Santa Monica Pier by two Loyola Marymount College students Tuesday afternoon, Murphy said.

A passer-by gave cardio-pulmonary resuscitation to the woman while waiting for lifeguards and paramedics to arrive, Murphy said. The boy, Kazutaka Kimura, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Isuroku Kimura, the woman’s husband, was hospitalized after going into shock, said police Lt. James Dawson.

The students, Nancy Pontius and Kevin Sliva, both of Los Angeles, stopped a pair of joggers to help them.

″It looked kind of like a package,″ said one of the runners, Brian Hirsch, 24, of Echo Park. ″We weren’t even sure it was human.″

He and his partner, A.J. Block, 33, of Santa Monica, went to summon help.

By the time they returned the woman and children had washed toward shore and were then dragged onto the beach by the students.

The unconscious woman was face down with a child in each arm as they floated to shore, Block said.

″Her weight was over them,″ Block said. ″You couldn’t even see the children while they were floating.″

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