1 child dead, another on life support after pool incidents

A 4-year-old Hood County boy died Tuesday at a Fort Worth hospital after he was found in his family's pool Saturday, officials said.

Nicholi Esparza died at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth.

He was at the family's residence on County Road 325 near Fort Spunky when he somehow got into the pool Saturday, said Capt. Jerry East, spokesman for the Hood County Sheriff's Department.

"They had a large gathering of people and he was in the house, but then he got into the pool without anyone knowing," East said.

Also Tuesday at Cook Children's, a Colleyville child remained on life support after she was found in the family's backyard pool about noon Monday, according to police.

The 2-year-old girl's grandmother was baby-sitting her and two other children at a residence in the 4700 block of Mill Springs Court. The girl was the youngest of the three, said Raymond Cannon, Colleyville police spokesman.

Earlier this month, a 4-year-old Arlington boy nearly drowned after falling into a backyard hot tub.

But he is home recovering after treatment at Cook Children's.

On June 13, Evan Martin was found at the bottom of a whirlpool hot tub next to the pool at a south Arlington home.

At the hospital, he was given therapeutic hypothermia, a procedure in which his body was cooled and he was put into a coma to reduce brain swelling, said Gregg Graham, Evan's grandfather.

He was back to normal by last weekend, Graham said.

Evan, his older brothers and their dad were visiting the home in the 300 block of Westbrook Drive, police said.

Evan's father performed CPR before the boy was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

It was unclear how long he had been underwater.

MITCH MITCHELL, 817-390-7752