Three-Year Old Boy Drowns In Hanford, No Fence Around Pool


We have an update on the heartbreaking story of a toddler who drowned in Hanford on Thursday. The Kings County Sheriff’s Office calls it a terrible accident.

Commander Mark Bevens said the toddler drowned around 5pm on Thursday evening at a house off Hanford-Armona Road. He said there was no fence around the pool that that three-year old fell into.

Jim Schaubschlager owns J&S Pool & Spa. He said a fence around a pool is a life-saving device.

“I think it’s very important to have. If you have toddlers or if you have children, even if you have dogs,” stated Schaubschlager.

Schaubschlager said besides adult supervision, a fence around a pool is a must, especially with young children around.

Bevens described Thursday’s tragic drowning, “The parents, another child and other adults were outside. The child was out of their sight for mere minutes when they discovered he was missing and they found him in the swimming pool.”

Bevens said the child was rushed to Adventist Medical Center and died within an hour of initial 911 call. The child’s identity has not been released. Bevens said the family is devastated.

“It’s tragic and it’s horrible and I couldn’t imagine what they’re going through right now,” ended Bevens.

The victim’s family said the child had been taking swimming lessons. An autopsy on the child is scheduled.

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