Drowning of 2 Year Old – Bryce Bostick – in Arlington Swimming Pool (Jacksonville Florida) – Tragic Loss for Family and Community

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Two-year-old Bryce Bostick drowned in his family’s pool in the 6300 block of Regiment Drive. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Report, the boy’s older brother went to look for him and found Bryce floating face down in the family’s pool. His brother, a neighbor and the first responding police officer performed CPR before Jacksonville Fire and Rescue arrived and took over.
An adult relative of the family was watching the six to eight children that were in the home at the time of the drowning. Bryce’s parents were at work, said the police report. The two-year-old was inside the house in a bedroom with another brother. The relative left to use a bathroom and when he returned, Bryce had disappeared. The family told police officers that he was only missing for three or four minutes before they went to look for him.
The child gained access to the pool through a back door leading to the back porch. The report said the porch was secured by a small latch leading to the backyard. The report also said that the above ground pool was 25 yards from the door. In 2000, the Florida State Legislature passed home safety regulations for pools in response to accidental drowning as the leading cause of death for young children. For more information on this topic, see Toddler who drowned in Arlington pool identified.

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