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Deadly weekend in Triangle pools: 2 girls drown

Posted July 11

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— Two little girls drowned in separate incidents Sunday in Triangle swimming pools, authorities said.

Eighteen-month-old Ariana Montserrat Tejada drowned in a backyard pool at a home at 975 Lee Road in Clayton at about 9 p.m.

Relatives said they were at a friend's house celebrating a birthday. At some point, there was a mix-up as to who was watching the little girl, and by the time they figured out no one had been paying attention to her, she was gone, relatives said. They found her floating facedown in the pool, and frantic efforts to revive her – first responders from Johnston County and the Cleveland Fire Department performed CPR for more than an hour – weren't successful.

A few hours earlier in Raleigh, a 5-year-old girl drowned at an apartment complex swimming pool.

Raleigh police officers were dispatched at about 6:20 p.m. in response to a possible drowning at the Maystone at Wakefield complex pool, in the 11000 block of Beckstone Way.

Witnesses said the girl, whose name hasn't been released, was with a group of more than a dozen people visiting the pool Sunday afternoon. One person said the girl was pulled from the bottom of the pool, but it was unclear how long she was underwater.

Paramedics took the girl to WakeMed, where she was pronounced dead.

"It's unfortunate that, with all those adults, no one was watching the children," complex resident Jherrae Phillips said Monday. "Throughout the community it's been the same. The grief of losing a little kid, it's hard."

Signs were posted at the pool that no lifeguard was on duty.

Authorities said no criminal charges are expected in either case.

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  • Michelle Russo Jul 11, 7:28 p.m.
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    This is absolutely heartbreaking. Prayers to both families. I had a friend who lost her 4 year old to drowning several years back. While nothing is more important than watching your children while around ANY water source, I am a strong supporter of infant/child survival swimming classes. I enrolled my child in ISR classes at a very young age (I believe they teach them as young as 6 months). Accidents happen and this is worth every penny and every second of time if it will save your child's life! Fortunately I believe there are now people in this area that teach this (I had to drive quite a distance several years back). https://www.infantswim.com/
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI_XzNfxjlY

  • RB Redmond Jul 11, 3:56 p.m.
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    These poor kids!!! This has happened often this summer.
    Why would any parent think "other adults were watching" their own child?
    When did parents stop watching their OWN children, especially around swimming pools?