Questions remain after child drowns in Irving pool

One of two pools at an Irving apartment complex remained closed Thursday morning after a 10-year-old girl drowned there Wednesday. News 8's David Goins has more.

IRVING — One of two pools at an Irving apartment complex remained closed Thursday morning after a 10-year-old girl drowned there Wednesday.

The Dallas County medical examiner identified the girl as August Trinity Smith of Irving.

Her brothers, ages 9 and 11, were rescued, but remain in the ICU at Children's Medical Center in Dallas. A day later, there are still lingering questions about what might have led to the incident at MacArthur Place at 183.

Overnight, stuffed animals and flowers were left outside the pool's locked gate. The children's shoes were in the same place they were taken off the day before prior to their swim.

Irving police say the children were at the pool with their mother. She told police she was poolside tending to her 3-year-old child and a 6-year-old child and had her back turned to the other children as they played in the deep end. Soon after, she noticed something was wrong. The children had gone under.

An apartment maintenance worker pulled two of the children out after the mother yelled out for help. When police arrived at the scene, officers said the water was so cloudy they couldn't see the third child at the bottom. They eventually located the child and performed CPR on all three before they were rushed to the hospital.

Glenna Reusch has lived at MacArthur Place for several years. She said she has four grandchildren and has learned you can't turn your back on them in the water, not even for a second.

"As a parent, you know we don't always think about stuff like that," she said. "And it's a tragedy that she lost her child. But, again, if you have children, you have to be wary of the water because [it's] dangerous."

Reusch said she was surprised the pool water was so murky. She said previous management often failed to clean it properly, but said lately the pool has been getting regular maintenance. She said the bigger problem has been too many unsupervised kids at the pool. She said many of them don't even live at the complex. The apartment manager declined to be interviewed on camera or answer questions.

News 8 has learned that legal action was taken against the previous owners for numerous complaints, but none had to do with the pool.

Irving police said so far it appears the drowning was a tragic accident. Marissa Gonzales, with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, said the agency is looking into the incident and has had previous contact with the family involved.


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