Boy found drowned in family pool identified

MIAMI TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A 2-year-old boy was pronounced dead Sunday evening after drowning in a backyard swimming pool.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's office said deputies were called to a home in the 7500 block of Dog Trot Road shortly after 8 p.m.

Police have identified the child as Joey Martini. Investigators have determined it was an accidental drowning and charges are not likely to be filed.

Rescuers tried CPR while taking Martini to Mercy Franciscan Hospital in Western Hills, but were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the hospital just after 9:30 p.m.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is offering these tips on water safety:

  • All caregivers should learn CPR.
  • Never leave a toy in or around a pool.
  • Never leave children alone in or near the pool. An adult should be within arm's length, providing "touch supervision."
  • Swimming lessons are recommended for children ages 1-4 years.  New studies suggest that these children may be less likely to drown if they have had swimming lessons.  Teaching your child how to swim DOES NOT guarantee your child is safe in water.
  • Make sure there is a telephone by the pool in case of an emergency.
  • If you use an inflatable or plastic pool, make sure you dump the water out of the pool after each use and turn the pool upside down when finished.
  • Install a fence at least four-feet high around all four sides of the pool. Four-sided fences can cut the drowning risk in half. Pool covers and pool alarms are not a substitute for fencing.
  • Make sure pool gates self-close and self-latch at a height small children can't reach.
  • Keep rescue equipment nearby, including a shepherd's hook (a long pole with a hook on the end) and a life preserver.
  • Avoid inflatable swimming aids such as "floaties." They are not a substitute for approved life vests and can give children a false sense of security.
  • Teach children to never run, push or jump on others around water.
  • Teach children never to swim alone.
  • Counsel teenagers about the increased risk of drowning when alcohol is involved.

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