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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Fort Smith police release information on drowning of local 5-year-old

On Wednesday at 4:05 pm, Fort Smith Police Department officers and first responders were dispatched to a residence in the 3300 block of South 39th in reference to an accidental drowning of a 5-year-old child.

When responders arrived on scene, they found the victim's family performing CPR. First responders took over for the family and EMS transported the unresponsive child to the hospital where medical personnel continued to perform life-saving measures, but the child never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead at around 5:40 pm.

It appears the child got out of the house and was playing around the family pool when they fell in.

The child was not discovered for about 10-15 minutes, at which point a family member jumped in the pool and removed the child to perform CPR before responders arrived on scene.

This incident is still under investigation at this time, but it appears to have been an accident.

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