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Soldier's son drowns in family pool

Posted July 1, 2010

— The 2-year-old son of a Fort Bragg soldier deployed in Iraq drowned this week in his family's pool, police said.

A babysitter was caring for Christian Torres and six other children, including two of her own, in the Tyson Circle home on Monday afternoon and had put the children in a back room to play while she cleaned the house, police said.

"Apparently, while she was cleaning, her 2-year-old child and the deceased child walked out a side door and got to the pool area," said Lt. Mark Phillips of the Hope Mills Police Department.

When the woman discovered that the two children were missing, she initially thought they were hiding, police said. When she went outside to look for them, she found Christian floating face-down in the deep end of the pool.

Police said the pool area is fenced, but the gate wasn't locked. Officials estimated that the boy was in the water between five and 10 minutes.

Hope Mills toddler drowns in family pool Hope Mills toddler drowns in family pool

The woman quickly pulled him from the water and called 911. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful, and he died at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Adam Lebatard, a friend of Christian's 15-year-old brother, said the toddler loved to swim.

"I would love to see what he would have been when he grew up," Lebatard said. "(He was a) lovable little kid, always happy. I never saw the kid crack a frown."

The soldier was on his way home from Iraq Thursday to attend his son's funeral.

Police called the drowning an accident, but Phillips said investigators were still trying to determine if any neglect was involved.

Phillps urged pool owners to lock gates near their pools to ensure children have no access to the water.


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  • itsmyownopinion Jul 2, 2010

    This is one of many terrible family tragedies that will occur this summer. Children have to be watched constantly, because they can get away in the blink of any eye. Also children have and will be found dead in hot cars. Parents, don't be distracted and be extra careful who you leave your precious children with.

    Former NFL star Randall Cunningham's son was found dead in a hot tub at their Vegas home.

  • SweetB Jul 2, 2010

    so awful, prayers for all! xo

  • Adelinthe Jul 1, 2010

    Awww, praying for that family.

    God bless.