Vero Beach drowning of 2-year-old ruled accidental

Safety lifebelt floating in bright blue water

VERO BEACH – On Monday, Deputies with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office along with personnel from the Indian River County Emergency Services Department responded to a home in the 1400 block of 48th Avenue to a call of a two year old child found unresponsive in a pool.

Public Safety Dispatch personnel provided CPR instructions over the phone to family.

Arriving deputies continued CPR until EMS took control of the scene. CPR continued as the child was transported to Indian River Medical Center.

“Tragically, the child was pronounced deceased by doctors at the Indian River Medical Center,” Major Eric Flowers said.

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Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar stated, “After a preliminary review of this case by our detectives, it appears as though this is an accidental drowning. Our community mourns today as we see incidents like this far too often. Water and pool safety is always a concern in our community for children, the elderly, and those with special needs. Water hazards can become deadly in seconds, just as this incident shows.”


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