110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Jan 27, 2014 - 7:58:33am
STORY UPDATED 12:30 P.M. MONDAY, JAN. 27 — It's a tragic story West Volusians are familiar with: A parent falls asleep, and a toddler takes advantage of it to explore, with fatal results.
That's what happened in Deltona on Jan. 26, according to Volusia County Sheriff's Office records, when a 4-year-old boy, identified by the Volusia County Sheriff's Office as Gaven Johnson, drowned in a backyard swimming pool on South Fairbairn Drive.
Deputies were dispatched to the house after a 911 call came in at 4:19 p.m.
The boy's mother, whose name has not yet been released, fell asleep, she told deputies, and when she awoke, she started looking for her son. The mother last saw the little boy about 3:45 p.m., when he was watching television,she said. When he didn’t ask her to change channels for him, as he usually did, the mother went looking for him. She found him at the bottom of the pool.
When the first deputy arrived at 4:23 p.m., he found the mother trying to resuscitate the little boy on the pool deck. The deputy took over cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until paramedics arrived about a minute later, and they continued CPR while transporting the little boy to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City.
Their efforts were not successful.
"The child was pronounced dead at the hospital at 5:06 p.m.," Sheriff's Office spokesman Gary Davidson stated.
Names have not yet been released. Investigators continue to work the case.
There are no indications of foul play or a criminal offense, and the death appears to be accidental, Davidson said. The pool does not have a child safety fence around it.
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