BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – One day after a 3-year-old girl from Springfield Township drowned in her family pool, Springfield Township police are still piecing together how the incident happened.
“This is a horrific, tragic incident. Very horrifying. Small children, you have to keep a constant eye on them, and it only takes a few seconds for them to get out of your way,” said Springfield Township’s Police Chief Matt Mohn.
At this point, police do not suspect foul play.
“It appears to be accidental at this point in time, but we’re still working in conjunction with the Mahoning County coroner’s office,” Mohn said.
To prevent more drownings from happening, the Boardman YMCA gave tips on child water safety. Their aquatic’s director, Chris Hughes, says if you’re not using your pool, lock it up.
“It shouldn’t be accessible. If you have ladders or gates or anything, they should be closed, locked or ladders pulled up so that the kids can’t get into the pool without adult supervision,” Hughes said.
She also said if your child can’t swim, they should wear a life jacket.
“Coast guard approved flotation devices look similar, though some may be different,” Hughes said.
But the most important thing is vigilance.
“When you’re driving, you don’t take your eyes off the road long enough to send a text message. You shouldn’t do that with your kids when they’re in the pool, because anything can happen and it doesn’t take very long,” she said.