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Police release name of 4-year-old drowning victim

BEAUMONT - Beaumont Police have released the name of a 4-year-old who drowned in a motel pool.

Detectives have identified the child who drowned Wednesday at the Super 8 Motel pool as Torrell Martin of Beaumont.  

Family members found him at the bottom of the motel pool according to information Sgt. Rob Flores provided to KFDM News.

The relatives discovered the child at about 5:30 Wednesday afternoon at the bottom of the pool at the Super 8 Motel in the 2800 block of I-10 East, and began performing CPR, Beaumont Fire Department Captain Brad Penisson said.

Firefighters and EMS responded to the call and found the family performing CPR on the concrete adjacent to the pool, Sgt. Flores said. Paramedics took over the CPR and continued while they rushed the child to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth. ER staff tried to revive the child but couldn't. The ER doctor pronounced the boy dead at about 6:30 p.m.

Detectives are trying to determine the circumstances surrounding the drowning, according to Sgt. Flores. He says they're interviewing family members who'd been swimming with the child throughout the afternoon. CPS will conduct a joint investigation.

Detectives are continuing to interview witnesses to determine the circumstances that led to the drowning.  They'll attend an autopsy scheduled for later Thursday.  

"This incident is a heartbreaking reminder of how quickly a tragedy can occur," Sgt. Rob Flores said. "Parents and guardians are reminded to keep a very close eye on their children when swimming.  It only takes seconds for this type of tragedy to happen." 



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