Texas Officials investigate the drowning of 6-year-olds at large pool party

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A young Texas boy drowned on Monday, according to a La Marque Police statement.

A Facebook statement states that the following:La Marque police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding drowning of 6-year-old boy at large pool party on a rented residential property.

La Marque EMS responded quickly to the drowning report and reached the house just before 7 p.m.

Upon their arrival, EMS crews discovered an unconscious 6-year-old boy, and he was rushed to HCA Houston Healthcare Mainland Medical Center in Texas City.

According to authorities, the child died in the hospital.

Click 2 Houston is the local outletThe police were unable to confirm how the boy got in the pool. 

The child’s mother was at the home during the time of the drowning, and investigators said they are unsure if she was near the pool at the time of the incident, per the outlet. 

According to the outlet it is customary to investigate situations such as those in La Marque.

Because the party may classify as a mass gathering — which requires a permit, even at times when at a private residence — police are looking to see if any city ordinances were violated, according to the outlet. 

Officers claim that the 3,800 square foot house where the pool is situated was rented out. Police said that although the property owner wasn’t present at the party, he knew the person who rented it. 

Investigators say this young boy’s drowning is not the first to occur at this address.

A 4-year-old girl drowned at a party held at the same house in 2014 as her mother. The girl’s family sued the owner of the house, claiming negligence in drowning.

County property records show the current house owner is the same person who owned the property in 2014, according to the outlet.

Alissa Magrum, a board member of the Texas Drowning Prevention Alliance, told the local outlet that drownings are common during holiday weekends. 

According to the board member, drownings can be fast and quiet but they can also be prevented.

“Last month, in June alone, we lost at least 35 Texans to fatal preventable drowning. That’s children and adults in all kinds of water,”Magrum stated.

Magrum stated to the outlet, “Non-fatal drownings” are usually eight times higher.

“Certainly, our higher risk for younger kids are pools and bathtubs,”She spoke.

“So, the under 5′s. And then when we look at our older kids and going on into teens and adults, open water is our highest risk area.”

Magrum stated that drownings still occur and suggested that people learn CPR and how to swim and have family discussions and guidelines about water safety.

“If you go to the beach, you have rules specific to that … go near lifeguarded beaches. If you have a boat, wear life jackets. If you go to open water, wear life jackets,”She spoke.

Anybody with information about the incident is asked to call Lt. Forrest Gandy at 409) 938-9235. 

You can anonymously provide information to La Marque Crime Stoppers by visiting www.p3tips.com/741, or calling (409) 938 TIPS (8477).