5.25.15: 5-year-old in critical condition
(Mlive)– The status of a 5-year-old boy is unknown after he was pulled unresponsive from a swimming pool Sunday evening.
Kentwood police and fire crews responded to the Wingate apartment complex around 7:20 p.m. Upon arrival, paramedics began performing CPR on the child in an attempt to resuscitate him.
He was transported to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, where his condition was not yet known, Kentwood Police Sgt. Bryan Litwin said. His identity has not been released.
The pool is situated behind an apartment building, secured by fencing, and only is accessible by using a house key to get through a gated entry, residents say. Police believe the 5-year-old and his 9-year-old brother jumped over the fence to enter the pool.
Litwin said the older brother hopped over the fence to seek help when the youngest was in trouble. Residents ran over to the pool and assisted in getting the young boy out.
The pool had been secured for the season, only to be opened again in a matter of days at the least, Litwin said.
Resident Vanessa Brown has lived at the complex for several years and said she’s never heard of anyone having problems at the pool. Her grandson and the boy played together in the past.
It is not yet known whether the brothers live in the area. Police say their father and grandmother, however, are residents.