3-year-old drowns in backyard pool at Dundalk home

Boy wanders away from family during party

July 06, 1999|By Laura Sullivan and Tom Pelton | Laura Sullivan and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF

A 3-year-old boy drowned yesterday in a pool at his home in Dundalk while friends and relatives were having a party, Baltimore County police said.

Austin Mullins, who lived on the 8000 block of N. Boundary Road, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said a group had gathered at the house, and that the child wandered away and climbed into an above-ground pool in the back yard.

Police said no charges have been filed and that their investigation is continuing.

In other water-related incidents yesterday, a woman was killed in a personal-watercraft accident in Ocean City, and a 20-year-old man was injured in a motorboat accident in Anne Arundel County.

A husband and wife were riding the Jet Ski near the Route 90 bridge on the bay side of Ocean City about 6: 20 p.m. when they collided with a 19-foot motorboat carrying four people, said Maryland Natural Resources Police.

The woman, Eleanor Overton, 37, of the 8600 Block of Canberra Drive in Clinton, was taken to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, where she was pronounced dead at 7: 10 p.m., said Susan O'Brien, spokeswoman for the natural resources police.

Shortly after midnight, David J. Verostic of the 7900 block of Fox Chase Lane in Glen Burnie was thrown from a motorboat when it smashed into a pier on the Severn River north of Annapolis.

Two others on the boat rescued Verostic from the water, took him to shore and called 911.

Verostic, a passenger in the boat, was listed in serious condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

O'Brien said police are investigating whether alcohol was a factor in the accident.

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