A 4-year-old girl has died, less than 24-hours after her sister drown in the family’s in-ground swimming pool in Brockton, the Boston Globe reported.
It is the second time in less than a month that twins have drown as the result of a Massachusetts swimming pool accident. We reported two weeks ago on our Boston Injury Attorney Blog that twin toddlers drown in a swimming pool accident.
Statistics show that 9 out of 10 child drownings occur while an adult is directly supervising a child. Authorities are encouraging parents to practice “touch supervision,” in which small children are never more than an arm’s length away. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that almost 50,000 people a year require emergency room treatment as the result of a swimming pool accident.
Each year, about 600 children die in swimming pool accidents, more than half of them are killed in swimming pools at home.
The CPSC offers swimming pool maintenance and safety tips.
In this case, the 4-year-old girl died shortly after midnight on Sunday. Her twin sister died Saturday afternoon.
Department of Children and Families reported receiving a tip about the twins and said it was also looking after the welfare of a 10-year-old child who was in a neighbor’s care. It is unclear whether DCF had received a tip prior to the accident and failed to properly investigate, or whether the tip came in response to the drownings.
CNN reports the pool appeared to be unused and in disrepair. The parents work as a nurse and a medical assistant.
The two girls were not breathing when pulled from the family pool about 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Brockton rescue officials. The twin girls that died in last month’s drowning accident were both 2-years-old.
If you are dealing with a child’s injury or death as a result of an accident, contact Boston Injury Attorney Jeffrey S. Glassman for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 877-617-5333.