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Jun 1, 2015 5:48 PM

Epping boy has died after being found in backyard pool


EPPING - A 2-year-old boy is dead after he was found face-down in a backyard swimming pool.

This is the second potential drowning in our region in two days.

A 5-year-old girl - in the care of a 15-year-old babysitter - died yesterday after falling into an old, dark and murky pool.

You wouldn’t think something like this would happen on a cold and rainy day, but safety experts say these are often the times when parents may be less on guard.

Friends kept onlookers at bay, as the family who lives in this home is mourning the loss of their 2-year-old son.

At 8:49 this morning, officers responded to a call about a missing child.

Police say they were told the child couldn’t be found for about 10 minutes and had wandered into the woods.

But when they arrived, they found the little boy face down in an above-ground pool.

Still breathing, the little boy was taken to Exeter Hospital, where he later died.

A neighbor - who didn’t want to be identified - said he was heartbroken.

“Obviously I’m very sympathetic to the situation - it must have been one of her grandchildren,” he said.

While it appears that the pool was secured, Epping Police Chief Michael Wallace said the boy may have gotten through a weak point in the fence.

"The gate was latched, and there was a fence that went around the pool that led up to the gate, small crack between the gate of the pool and the fencing going around the pool,” Wallace said.

The latest reports from the Consumer Product Safety Commission show that drownings are the leading cause of unintentional death in children 1- to 4-years-old.

On average, 382 children under the age of 15 drown every year.

76 percent of them younger than 5.

Swim season or not, rain or shine, fence or no fence, these are tragic reminders that pools pose a constant risk to your child’s safety.

Police have not released the name of the boy because they say they haven’t told the boy’s father.

So far, no word if any charges will be filed.

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