Child hospitalized after near drowning at home in downtown Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – A child recovers inside the intensive care unit after a near drowning. The child’s grandfather said it was human error.

Just after 1 p.m. Wednesday, Las Vegas police received a call from an ill or injured person from the 1800 block of 8th Street and Oakey. Police say the person called 911 to report a child was found in a swimming pool. When officers arrived, the child was unconscious and was taken to a local hospital.

FOX5 briefly spoke with the child’s grandfather.

“It’s a tragedy and I don’t know how else to explain it. We are humans. We are just trying to live our everyday life. It happens accidentally. It’s not malice, it’s not negligence, it’s not a lack of love for his children. It was just an accident,” the child’s grandfather said.

Abuse and neglect detectives took the lead in the investigation.

During the month of June, a six-year-old child, a five-year-old child and a two-year-old child drowned in separate incidents.

Metro says they can be avoided by following the “three Ps” of pool safety.

  • Patrol – watch your child
  • Protect – put barriers around the pool, door alarms and locks
  • Get ready – enroll your child in swimming lessons and CPR classes

The CDC reports that each year in the United States there are approximately 39 hundred unintentional fatal drownings.

David H. Henry