UPDATE: Toddler drowns in family pool

By Laura Geller - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Tragedy strikes a Chesterfield family as a two-year-old boy drowns in a backyard pool. It happened just before 1 p.m. Wednesday on Mason Valley Court.

We talked to those family members just after they got the news that two-year-old Donnell Williams did not survive. The close knit family is now trying to make sense of the tragic accident.

At times, they're too grief stricken for words. But now words will have to suffice because memories are all Kevin Paul has left of his two-year-old nephew. He got the phone call every relative dreads at work. While he was supposed to be watching TV, somehow Donnell had gotten out of the house. After a frantic search, two family members found the two-year-old boy floating in their above ground pool.

Emergency responders rushed the boy to Chippenham Hospital, but it was too late. Doctors there pronounced him dead.

"Accidents happen and I mean, he's a child. He's almost two years old and he could get out the house at any time," said Kevin Paul, great uncle of drowning victim.

Paul describes his nephew as a very inquisitive boy who liked to climb. He managed to get out the front door and unlatch a gate to the backyard. Paul thinks the boy fell in the water because, he says if Donnell wanted to swim, he knows to grab his floaties.

"He's very smart. He loved being outside. He loved being outside playing in the neighborhood with the kids and stuff," he said.

The family is hoping someone else will learn from their heartbreak.

"Watch your kids. Watch them like a hawk because you never know when it's time to go, it's time to go. That's all I can say," said Paul.

As Chesterfield Police work to establish a timeline for the accident, they're reiterating that message. As summer approaches, keep an eye on your kids and make sure you limit access to pools. It's the only way to avoid another tragedy.

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