A 6-year-old died after he was found unresponsive Wednesday at a Mesquite pool, police say.
At about 7:54 p.m., officers responded to a possible drowning call in the 600 block of East Kearney Street. Upon arrival, officers found the 6-year-old boy unresponsive and laying on the side of the pool, police said.
After life-saving efforts were immediately initiated first by officers and then by paramedics, the boy was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead, police said.
Mesquite police did not have any further information on the circumstances around the child's death.
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The death of the unnamed child comes after a 5-year-old drowned in a Fort Worth pool Tuesday and another 5-year-old drowned in Mansfield Wednesday. Both of those drownings were ruled accidental. Last Friday, a separate 6-year-old also died after he was found unresponsive in a Frisco HOA pool.
According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, 37 children have died in the water around the state this year from Jan. 1 to July 1.
Cook Children's released new PSAs this summer, encouraging parents to always have a fully attentive adult designated to watch children in the water and to always keep them within arm’s reach.
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“They don’t talk. They don’t drink. They don’t look at their phones. You have to have that person in charge of watching. That is your job for 10-15 minutes, then you pass it off,” said Cook Children’s trauma injury prevention coordinator Sharon Evans.
Other drowning prevention tips include creating barriers to the pool like a four-sided fence and making sure everyone wears life jackets when boating or at the lake.