Boy drowns in swimming pool at Baltimore home of relative


A 4-year-old Towson boy drowned last night after he fell or jumped into a swimming pool at the Northeast Baltimore home of an aunt, city police said.

Police said the boy, Derek Emery of the first block of Comet Court, and relatives were leaving the above-ground pool in the 5500 block of Carter Ave. about 8: 30 p.m. when he apparently went back to the pool, which is connected to the house by a deck.

Police said that when relatives heard a splashing sound, they first thought an older child was swimming. Taking a closer look, they saw Derek floating on the surface. Seconds later, he sank to the bottom of the 4-foot deep pool.

Relatives pulled him from the pool and tried to revive him.

Derek was taken by ambulance to Union Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9: 44 p.m.

Police ruled the death an accident.

Pub Date: 8/09/96

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