VCSO: 4-year-old boy drowns in family pool in Deltona

Sheriff's spokesman: Mother told deputies she fell asleep and when she woke up her worst fear was realized

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A 4-year-old boy drowned in the family's backyard pool Sunday afternoon on South Fairbairn Drive in Deltona as shown in this locator map.

DELTONA, Fla. -- A mother's worst fear was realized when she awoke from a nap and found her 4-year-old boy face down in the bottom of the family pool late this afternoon, a Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman said.

Deputies were dispatched to a home on South Fairbairn Drive after receiving a 9-1-1 call at 4:19 p.m. "The boy’s mother told the Sheriff’s Office that she fell asleep, and when she awoke and started looking for her son, she found him at the bottom of the pool," agency spokesman Gary Davidson told Headline Surfer®.

Sheriff's investigators did not release the name of the mother or the child.

"When the first deputy arrived at 4:23 p.m., the mother had the child on the pool deck and was trying to resuscitate him," Davidson said, adding, "Deputies took over CPR efforts until paramedics arrived about a minute later. The paramedics continued CPR while transporting the child by ambulance to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City."

Their efforts were in vain.

The child was pronounced dead at the hospital at 5:06 p.m.

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