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2-year-old drowns in pool during Fourth of July gathering at home on Indy's southeast side

2 other toddlers also injured in pool accidents
Posted at 7:53 PM, Jul 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 10:54:08-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Fourth of July was a dangerous day after one toddler died and two others were seriously injured from falling into pools across central Indiana. 

In Indianapolis, a 2-year-old boy died after falling into a pool during a Fourth of July get-together at a home on the city's southeast side. 

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers were called to assist the fire department with a drowning at a home in the 11800 block of Maze Creek Drive. 

Police say the child, who was a visitor in the home, was found lying at the bottom of a pool. 

When police arrived, EMS were already administering CPR and the child was rushed to is Franciscan Health Indianapolis where he was pronounced dead. 

Police are calling the situation a "tragic accident" and no charges have been filed at this time.


In Speedway, a 10-year-old boy is credited with pulling an 18-month-old toddler from a pool at an apartment complex. 

Firefighters say the family was at the Runaway Bay Apartments pool near Cunningham Road and West 21st Street around 4:30 p.m. when the toddler went into the water. A 10-year-old family member noticed the young boy and pulled him from the pool. 

Family members performed CPR and the child had regained a pulse by the time he was rushed to Riley Hospital. His condition is not known at this time. 


In Muncie, a family called to report a 2-year-old missing from a home on East Dudley Street around 6 p.m. During that call, family members located the toddler in the family pool. 

Muncie police say the child was pulled from the pool and CPR was immediately administered. Police rushed the child to the hospital. 

By the time the child arrived at the hospital, police say he had a pulse and was breathing. He was transported to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. His condition is not known. shares these top tips about swimming safety:

  1. Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. Keep young children within arm’s reach of an adult. Make sure older children swim with a partner every time.
  2. Teach children how to swim. Every child is different, so enroll children in swim lessons when they are ready. Consider their age, development and how often they are around water when deciding if they are ready for swim lessons.
  3. Make sure kids learn these five water survival skills and that they are able to:
    • step or jump into water over their heads and return to the surface; 
    • float or tread water for one minute; 
    • turn around in a full circle and find an exit;
    • swim 25 yards to exit the water; and
    • exit the water. If in a pool, be able to exit without using the ladder
  4. Teach children that swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool. They need to be aware of uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather.
  5. Know what to do in an emergency. Learning CPR and basic water rescue skills may help you save a child’s life.

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