2-Year-Old Boy Dies After Being Found Face-Down in Pond

2-Year-Old Boy Dies After Being Found Face-Down in Pond
An ambulance in a file photo. (George Frey/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS—Officials in New Orleans say a 2-year-old boy found face-down in a pond at an apartment complex has died.

News outlets report that the cause and manner of Roman Trufant’s death remained under investigation Tuesday, March 12.

However, police spokesman Gary Scheets says there is no reason to currently suspect foul play.

New Orleans Emergency Medical Services Lt. Jonathan Fourcade says paramedics were dispatched to the pond after the boy was found unresponsive in the water Sunday around 4 p.m.

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New Orleans EMS received a call regarding the boy, who was found in waters near Lake Kenwilworth Drive in New Orleans on March 12, 2019. (Screenshot/Google Maps)

The NOPD investigated the incident as an “unclassified death,” NOLA reported.

“Unclassified death” investigations are launched by New Orleans police when the circumstances of a person’s death do “not immediately lend themselves to police or medical personnel being able to classify how the victim died,” including whether foul play was involved, according to police.

Police brought the boy to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

‘Tragic Accident’

A 3-year-old Texas girl died several days after she was found face-down in the bathtub when her mother left her unattended.

Eve Blankenfeld was rushed to the hospital on March 1 by medics who arrived at her home in Decatur, Texas to find her mother performing CPR after finding her child face-down and unresponsive in the bathtub.

The 3-year-old, who had been running a fever according to some reports, died four days later.

Eve Blankenfield. (GoFundMe)

Decatur police officials are calling it a “tragic accident,” according to local reports, and have not filed any charges.

“The mother put her child in the bathtub and then walked into another room to tend to two other kids,” Decatur Police Rex Hoskins told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “She came back and found the child face-down in the bathtub.”

Police said she had left her unattended for “just a few minutes” while she went to fold laundry, reported KTVT.

Running a High Fever

The girl was running a high fever and had just thrown up, so she had put the child in the bathtub, her mother told police, according to Fox news.

First responders performed CPR on the girl, who was taken to a Decatur hospital, KTVT reported. She was later transferred to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, where she was pronounced dead just before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office has not ruled on her cause of death, according to reports.

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A child in a foam bath in a bathtub reaches for a plastic toy in Hamburg, Germany, on Jan. 13, 2007. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

A crowdfunding campaign had been set up to help with Eve’s medical costs.

“Eve has 4 brothers and 1 big sister,” wrote Natalie Tobler, who set up the GoFundMe campaign. “Eve has such a big personality and heart, and in need of all your prayers.  Any donations will be much appreciated and will go to help her and her family overcome this tragedy. ”

A few days later the account was updated with news of her death. “Eve passed away and returned to her Heavenly Father,” said Tobler. “We are relieved her passing was peaceful and painless. ”

Tobler praised the “amazing team of doctors and nurses.”

Leading Cause of Child Deaths

“Please continue to pray for this family as they mourn the loss of their daughter,” said Tobler.

Drowning is the leading cause of death for young children, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)—mostly due to falling into a pool or being left in a bathtub.

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A child enjoys a foam bath in a bathtub in Hamburg, Germany, on Jan. 13, 2007. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

The CPSC states, “Of the 3,786 drownings in 2016, more than 12 percent were children age 4 and younger, according to Injury Facts. Bathtubs, toilets, and even buckets also can pose a danger for very young children.”

“Most parents think water safety is first and foremost on their minds whenever they are enjoying summer activities with their young kids. But when the unthinkable happens, caregivers often say, ‘I only looked away for a second.'”

Exactly what age is appropriate to leave a child alone in a bathtub is a matter for debate among experts, but many say they should be at least school age.

Dana Walraven, manager of Community Health Outreach at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, said parents should never leave a child unsupervised in the bathtub.

If a doorbell rings, parents should get the child out of the bathtub to answer it, he said.

“A child can drown in the time it takes to answer the phone,” Walraven said in a 2018 news release, reported the Star-Telegram. “We ask parents for constant supervision of their child while in the water.”

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission drowning prevention safety tips include:

  • Never leave young children alone near any water or tub or basin with fluid. Young children can drown in even small amounts of liquid.
  • Always keep a young child within arm’s reach in a bathtub. If you must leave, take the child with you.
  • Don’t leave a baby or young child in a bathtub under the care of another child.
  • Never leave a bucket containing even a small amount of liquid unattended. Toddlers are top heavy and they can fall headfirst into buckets and drown.
  • After using a bucket, always empty and store it where young children cannot reach it.
  • Don’t leave buckets outside where they can collect rainwater.
  • Consider placing locks on toilet seat covers in case a young child wanders into the bathroom.
  • Learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). It can be a lifesaver when seconds count.

The Epoch Times reporter Simon Veazey contributed to this report.

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