Toddler Drowns In Charles County Pool

July 09, 2009|By The Washington Post

A 19-month-old boy left unattended in a Charles County home Tuesday wandered into the backyard and apparently drowned in a pool, police said.

Jason Daniel Burke Jr. was discovered by his mother just after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday lying unconscious in an above-ground pool in the 4300 block of Middletown Road in White Plains, said Diane Richardson, a spokeswoman for the Charles County Sheriff's Office. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.

Richardson said the mother had left her house to run an errand, telling the toddler's 15-year-old cousin, who lives in the house, to watch over the boy while she was gone. The cousin, Richardson said, left to go fishing.

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