LAS VEGAS (FOX5) –
A toddler who strayed from house into a next-door neighbor’s yard pool where he drowned Wednesday early morning in the west Las Vegas Valley was identified.
The Clark County Coroner’s office identified the victim as 3-year-old Christopher Martinez.
Las Vegas City authorities initially responded to an emergency call involving a kid drowning soon after 11 a.m. Police stated Martinez, was found in a pool on the 5300 block of Supai Drive, near Flamingo and Lindell roads. The young boy was unresponsive and taken to a close-by hospital for treatment where he later on died.
“They are fast, they do avoid you and it does not take much,” next-door neighbor Steve Gertz said.
“I feel bad,” another neighbor stated. “If you have a kid, 2 or three years of ages, you must view them. Don’t let them play or go swimming by themselves.”
Private investigators are still piecing together precisely how this occurred. Police said a member of the family was viewing the kid. But at some time, the kid strayed. Then realizing he was missing out on, the member of the family began knocking on doors, ultimately finding him in a next-door neighbor’s swimming pool.
“It seems to be reoccurring,” City Lt. Frank Fama stated. “So it’s essential that message is put out that people need to be more aware of their children around swimming pools.”
Gertz works on pools and he said this strikes near to home due to the fact that he has a young granddaughter. So he takes extra steps to make sure she is safe.
“I do take preventative measures due to the fact that I have a swimming pool in my backyard and a fenced location,” he said.
Authorities stated their message bears repeating: never take your eyes off your kids.
“A few moments can go by and the next thing, it’s minutes,” Lt. Fama said. “Kids are really interested in what’s going outside of exactly what they understand, they tend to wander off that’s why it’s very important. I can’t worry enough, children have to be addressed at all times.”
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