Preble County boy drowns in pool

LEWISBURG, Ohio (WDTN) – Emergency crews were called to a home in Lewisburg Sunday after a boy was found unresponsive in a pool.

Lewisburg Fire and EMS crews, as well as Preble County Deputies, were called to a home in the 4000 block of State Route 502 North around 10:30 Sunday morning.

A 911 caller told authorities a young boy fell into a pool and was not breathing.

Preble County Sheriff Michael Simpson said the boy went missing after an Easter egg hunt at the family’s home.

“The child became unaccounted for by the parents maybe after doing an Easter egg hunt or something at the house for about 30 minutes – give or take,” Simpson said.

“One of the parents went outside and found the Easter egg basket and ultimately found the child at the bottom of the pool.”

The child was immediately taken to Kettering Health’s Preble Emergency Room where he was pronounced dead.

An initial investigation shows the child was two-years-old and was able to leave the house without the knowledge of the parents or the other children inside the house. The child is believed to have been unaccounted for approximately 30 minutes before the child’s mother found him in an above ground pool.

The Sheriff’s Office said the parents removed the child and immediately began CPR.

The family’s next door neighbor Fred Mullins said he was shocked to learn the young child had died.

“To be two years old, I couldn’t believe it,” Mullins said.

“He was real active. I really enjoyed watching him run, play. We’re going to miss him.”

The child was transferred to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office where an autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

The case remains under investigation by the Preble County Sheriff’s Office and the Preble County Coroner’s Office.

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