Child Found Floating in Pool: Lauderhill Police

The incident occurred at his family's home at 5491 NW 14th Place

A 1-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was found floating face down in a pool in Lauderhill Monday, police said.

The boy was home at 5491 NW 14th Place with three adults, including his grandfather, and two 8-year-old siblings, Lauderhill Police Lt. Gregory Solowsky said. The grandparents have custody of the children.

It's unclear what two of the adults were doing at the time, but the boy's grandfather just laid down for a nap. Police said the kids were in the computer room in the front part of the house, then started running from room to room. At some point the door to the pool area was opened and the boy slipped out unnoticed.

His 8-year-old sister found him face down in the family pool, Solowsky said.

"The older sister, that's the one who actually came in the house yelling and screaming and woke up the grandfather," he said.

When police arrived, the grandfather and two other adults were performing CPR. An officer started doing CPR himself, but there was no pulse, Solowsky said. Medics arrived and continued to try to resuscitate the boy.

"There was still no pulse on the child once they got to the hospital. Shortly after the child arrived they got what's called a hope pulse, which is a very, very faint pulse," Solowsky said.

The child is in critical condition in the pediatric intensive care unit at Plantation General Hospital, Solowsky said. He was breathing on his own and has a strong heartbeat, Solowsky said.

No charges will be filed, as police believe the incident was a tragic accident, he said.

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