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Boy found dead in Pa. pool

August 05, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

FAYETTEVILLE, PA. - A 3-year-old Guilford Township boy was pronounced dead Wednesday morning at Chambersburg Hospital after he was found floating in a neighbor's swimming pool, according to Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner.

Aiden Rupp, of 153 Hickory Drive, was pronounced dead at 10:58 a.m. at Chambersburg Hospital, Conner said Wednesday evening. He said a cause of death was undetermined and an autopsy was to be performed today at Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown, Pa.

Pennsylvania State Police issued a press release Wednesday afternoon that stated the incident, which was called in at 10:10 a.m., was an apparent accidental drowning. On Wednesday evening, police said no further information was available.

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Conner said a state trooper was passing the house when a relative who was watching the child flagged down the cruiser and said the child was missing.

Conner said the trooper found the child in the pool a short time later.

"They tried to revive him from the initial call to 10:58 a.m.," Conner said of the efforts of rescue and hospital personnel.

The relative was an adult, but not one of the child's parents, according to Conner.

There is an orange plastic web fence around the backyard in-ground pool where the accident occurred, similar to fences used at construction sites, Conner said. "It was completely surrounded by the fence," he said.

"There was an area where it appears he may have crawled under the fence," Conner said. There were no openings around the fence, he said.

The drowning occurred in a neighborhood of mostly new homes, some apparently just completed with yards not yet seeded.

Residential swimming pools pose the highest risk of death by drowning for children between the ages of 1 and 4, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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