Four-Year-Old Child Drowns In Brookline Pool, Police Say

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BROOKLINE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Memorial Day afternoon the Brookline Police and Fire Departments responded with paramedics to a residence on Prescott Street for a four-year-old that was found unresponsive in the pool.

Officials say adults were performing CPR on the child with dispatcher guidance when first responders arrived. The child was taken to Boston Children's Hospital, and was pronounced deceased shortly after his arrival there, the BPD said.

The identities of all parties involved are not being released out of a respect for privacy and at the family's request.

The incident is under investigation, the preliminary findings of which indicate that the victim was one of several children in the pool at the time of the drowning, with several adults in close proximity.

"At this time this case appears to be an unfortunate accident, however it remains under investigation and we will let you know if that changes," the BPD said in a Facebook post on Monday.

Officials said the tragedy is a reminder that drowning can happen in "a matter of seconds," and that it's not "the way it's depicted in the movies or television." According to police, more children between the ages of one and four die from drowning than any other cause of death apart from birth defects.

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For children aged between one and fourteen, police say drowning is the second leading cause of death of unintentional injury death, following motor vehicle crashes.

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