GARDEN CITY, Kansas – Garden City police say a 3-year-old girl drowned Sunday night. It happened around 9 p.m. in the 2000 block of Cherokee Road.
The three year old was under supervision, along with other children, but when the family went inside they lost track of the little girl.
“They got into the house and someone realized that the three year old child wasn’t with them so everybody began looking and they found her in the pool,” said Garden City Police Department Captain Randy Ralston.
Family members began CPR and first responders continued lifesaving efforts, but the child later died at Saint Catherine hospital.
Last month lifeguards at the YMCA pool were able to save a drowning boy. CEO Chad Knight says its because they acted quickly.
“Two kids and a lifeguard pulled him out of the pool and performed CPR with my aquatics director and did an amazing job,” he said.
The Red Cross knows it doesn’t always end that way though and suggests following some guidelines.
First off, children should learn to swim.
“Swimming is a great life-long skill so you want to make sure they know how to do it and do it right,” Knight said.
Also enforce rules and encourage safe behavior. Have inexperienced swimmers wear life jackets, and secure the pool area with fences. Proper supervision is absolutely critical.
“You can’t take a break, you can’t leave, you can’t be gone, you can’t be on your phone, you can’t be talking to anyone,” Knight said. “You constantly got to be watching.”
The toddler was in the pool with several other children and her family says they were watching. GCPD will continue to investigate, but says there is no sign of foul play and this appears to be a tragic accident.
“It can happen so fast and it’s just a horrible accident,” Ralston said.
The name of the child has not been released.