Possible drowning of 9-year-old prompts investigation
POSTED: Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 12:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 1, 2013 - 11:03am
BAKER, LA (NBC33) — Officials are investigating the death of a 9-year-old child in Baker as a possible drowning.
Emergency responders were dispatched to the Azalea Gardens Trailer Park shortly before 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 27. A resident who was visiting at the pool discovered the young boy at the bottom of the pool.
"[She] jumped into the pool, pulled the child and attempted to perform CPR on the child until emergency personnel arrived," Chief Mike Knaps, Baker Police Department, said. "Detectives learned that the child was at the trailer park with his grandmother, who brought him along with her, while she visited with a friend."
Police officers and paramedics attempted CPR. The child, Ladrius Bradford, was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
According to residents, there was no lifeguard on duty at the pool.
"While speaking with the child’s grandmother, detectives learned that the child did not know how to swim," Knaps said.
An autopsy is being performed to determine the exact cause of death.