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Fayetteville Toddler Drowns In Neighbor's Pool

Posted July 16, 2003

— Authorities in Fayetteville are investigating the drowning of a 3-year-old boy in a backyard pool.

Fayetteville police received a call around 8:30 p.m. about a missing 3-year-old.

Officers searched in and out of the child's home on Perth Street. About 30 minutes into their search, firefighters found Christian Collins in a pool across the street from where he lived.

Firefighters attempted to revive the boy, but were unable to do so. He was pronounced dead at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Police said 6-foot-deep in-ground pool had a required fence around it. They said every gate was locked except for one leading to the carport. They are not sure if that is how the 3-year-old gained access to the pool.

Investigators said the boy was in the care of his 14-year-old sister while their mother was at school.

So far, no charges have been filed.

This is the second pool drowning involving a toddler this summer in Fayetteville. Last month, 2-year-old Camari Potter drowned in her neighbor's pool. Camari's mother said the little girl slipped out of the house. Forty minutes later, a neighbor found her. The pool did not have the required fence.

Authorities said they cannot emphasize enough how important it is to keep an eye on children.

In Harnett County, 2 siblings drowned when they wandered away from their mother to a nearby pond.


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