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3-year-old who nearly drowned in Brooksville still critical

Tribune Staff
Published:   |   Updated: May 12, 2014 at 03:59 PM

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BROOKSVILLE — A 3-year-old child was flown to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg on Sunday afternoon after being found at the bottom of a swimming pool, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said.

Hayden Somerstein remained in critical condition Monday, according to the sheriff’s office.

An adult was with the child in a pool at 7521 Gordon Loop when the adult “decided to go to a nearby shed to retrieve an item,” thinking that the child was following, Hernando sheriff’s spokesperson Denise Moloney said in a media release.

When the adult realized that the child was not nearby, the adult checked the pool, where the child was found at the bottom, Moloney said.

The adult removed the child from the pool and called 911. Emergency workers performed cardio pulmonary resuscitation on the child, the sheriff’s office said. The release said that a family was visiting the home when the incident happened at 3:57 p.m.

Information on websites such as poolsafely.gov offer common-sense ways to keep children safe around residential pools. Some tips include:

♦ Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water

♦ Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm

♦ Always watch your children when they are in or near a pool or spa

♦ Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments

♦ If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first

♦ Install a 4-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates

♦ Install door alarms and always use them. For additional protection, install window guards on windows facing pools or spas.

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