A 2-year-old boy drowned in a swimming pool at a Gustine residence on Tuesday, police reported.
Gustine police responded to the scene at 12:38 p.m. and found Michael Angelo Tovar not breathing in the backyard, according to Sgt. Jim Hamera.
A 35-year-old female friend of the boy’s parents was supposed to be watching the child when the incident happened. Hamera said the child had been left unattended, and was in the water for between five and 20 minutes.
The woman found the boy in the pool and removed him from the water. Officers and paramedics performed CPR on the boy. Hamera said responders were able to feel the boy’s heart beating at one point, while they tried to save him.
The boy was taken to Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock, and was then transferred to Children’s Hospital Central California in Madera. He was later pronounced dead.
Hamera said the department’s investigation into the drowning remains open. He said it’s unknown whether the woman who was supposed to be watching the child will face charges. Gustine police will submit a report to the Merced County District Attorney’s Office for review.
Hamera said the boy’s family is from Westley in Stanislaus County. The boy and his father had recently came to Gustine and had been staying with friends.
— Sun-Star staff