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Police: Boy drowns in pool that had been closed for months

March 2, 2018

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Police say a 5-year-old boy drowned in a Florida apartment building’s swimming pool that had been closed for months.

In a Florida Times-Union report , Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mark Musser said police and firefighters were called to the pool Thursday afternoon after maintenance workers tried to help two children in the pool.

The 5-year-old was found unresponsive at the side of the pool and was pronounced dead at a hospital. Musser said the second child was hospitalized but expected to survive.

Musser said the pool had not been open to the building’s residents for several months. He said the pool area was gated and locked.

A resident heard noises from the pool and screamed for help. Musser said maintenance workers jumped the pool’s fence and tried to revive the 5-year-old.

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Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com

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