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3 North Texas children die after being pulled out of swimming pools in separate calls

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For the third consecutive day, a young North Texas child has died from injuries suffered after being pulled out of a swimming pool.

Oliver Smith, 2, of Bridgeport, died at 7:05 a.m. Sunday at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office website.

A ruling on his death is pending. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said Sunday the young boy was unconscious on Thursday afternoon when his father pulled him out of a swimming pool.

A 2-year-old child died Friday night in Bedford and a 4-year-old Parker County girl was pronounced dead Saturday afternoon after they were pulled out of swimming pools in separate incidents.

The 4-year-old Parker County girl died Saturday afternoon after she was pulled out of an above-ground pool at her home, officials said Sunday.

The girl had wandered away from adults in the home and apparently jumped into the pool, Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said Sunday in a telephone interview.

“She had been in the pool before with floaties on and with adults around,” Fowler said. “This time, there was no one around.”

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Esmee Toner, 4, of Parker County Courtesy: Family of Esmee Toner

The little girl was identified as Esmee Toner. She died at 6:34 p.m . Saturday at an Azle hospital, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s website. A ruling on her death is pending an autopsy.

Several minutes after Esmee slipped out of her home, someone found her in the pool and pulled her out, Fowler said. Paramedics arrived and worked on her before she was taken to the Azle hospital where she died.

Deputies will continue to investigate the case, Fowler said Sunday.

On Friday, a 2-year-old Bedford child died at a local hospital after being found at the bottom of a swimming pool in the 1100 block of Amherst Circle.

The child had been missing for more than two hours before she was found in the pool and died late Friday, according to authorities.

She was identified as Sophia Reyes of Bedford, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s website. She died from drowning and her death was ruled an accident.

Police had been summoned to a report of a missing child and were on their way to the residence when they were told that the child had been found in the pool, police said in a news release.

The responding officers administered life-saving techniques until paramedics arrived. The girl was taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth where she died Friday night.

The number of child drownings in Tarrant County has spiked this year. As of June, there had been seven recorded in the county before the official first day of summer. That number doesn’t include a July child drowning in Hurst or the Bedford case.

Records at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth indicated that there were 22 children rescued in waters before summer began.

There were only five juvenile drowning deaths in 2017, according to Tarrant County health statistics.

Tarrant County often leads Texas counties in juvenile drownings, according to an online database maintained by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

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Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763,@mingoramirezjr.
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