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Toddler found in backyard pool near Azle dies at hospital

Fort Worth firefighter MH Ngyen fits Laquita Clark with a new life jacket after she completed a class by the Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition at Westside YMCA last week.
Fort Worth firefighter MH Ngyen fits Laquita Clark with a new life jacket after she completed a class by the Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition at Westside YMCA last week. rrodriguez@star-telegram.com

This story has been updated to correct the gender of the child.

An 18-month-old boy drowned in a backyard pool west of Azle, and Parker County officials said Monday they are treating it as an accident.

Bradley Chasteen was pronounced dead at 10:17 p.m. Sunday, after the incident at his home in the 100 block of Finney Drive in rural Parker County, about four miles west of Azle, according to a Tarrant County medical examiner’s office report posted Monday.

“We don’t have any indication it was anything other than a tragic accident,” said Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler. He said the department was nonetheless conducting an investigation into the matter.

The child was found underwater in the pool during a gathering at the home. WFAA reported that the child was found submerged during a family scavenger hunt.

The toddler was taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Azle, where emergency workers detected vital signs, Fowler said. The child was then transported by helicopter ambulance to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, but either died en route or shortly after arrival, Fowler said.

North Texas is experiencing a rash of child drownings so far this summer.

On June 26, 9-year-old Willie Glasper of Vidalia, La., drowned in a southeast Fort Worth apartment pool. On that day, MedStar responded to three unrelated, pediatric drowning or near-drowning calls in just an eight-hour period. The other two children survived.

This report includes information from the Star-Telegram archives.

Gordon Dickson: 817-390-7796, @gdickson

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