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1-Year-Old Boy Drowns In Family’s Pool In Gloucester County

WILLIAMSTOWN, N.J. (CBS) – A 1-year-old boy drowned Saturday afternoon after accidentally falling into his family’s in-ground swimming pool, according to authorities.

The incident happened at the victim’s grandmother’s home in the 100 block of Hemlock Drive in the Forest Hills section of Williamstown. Police say at about 11:15 a.m., a teenage uncle of the child spotted him floating in the pool through a rear window of the home before contacting authorities. When paramedics arrived, a friend of the family was already performing CPR on the child.

The baby, identified as Kanye Wright, was rushed to Kennedy University Hospital in Washington Township where he was pronounced dead at about 12:15 p.m.

The investigation revealed the grandmother asked the boy’s two teenage uncles, 14 and 16, to look after the baby while she showered. After conducting interviews with the teens, each believed the other was watching baby Kanye, according to authorities.

Officials say it seems as though Kanye left the house and made his way to the fenced pool where the gate was left open

Investigators say Kanye’s father, Waydale Wright, was in the front yard working on a car he planned to sell and the mother was at work at the time of the drowning.

An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday.

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  • Beverly M. Payton

    How awful for this family. Compounding the tragedy the teenage uncles will blame themselves for Kayne’s death for the rest of their lives. I serve on the National Drowning Prevention Alliance ( board of directors. This scanario is all too common. Nearly half of all drowning victims were last seen in the house before being discovered in the pool. Supervision fails. That’s why it’s crucial to prevent unsupervised access to backyard pools spas and other water features with an isolation fence and self-closing, self-latching gates that are NEVER propped open. On top of that alarm all house doors leading to the pool area, alarm the water and consider putting an immersion alarm on toddlers. Multiple laysers of protection provide added safety in case one barrier fails. Also, when children are playing in or around water provide constant, vigilent, adult supervision. Appoint a specific “water watcher” who will remain undistracted while watching the children. And keep this family in your thoughts and prayers. I too lost a child to drowning and know the anguish they are suffering.

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