4-year-old boy drowns in Plano backyard pool

A 4-year-old boy died after he was found in his family's backyard pool in Plano on Monday.

Crews responded to a call made from a home on Ember Court in central Plano just before 10 a.m.

Captain Peggy Harrell with the Plano Fire Department says first responders were on the scene within five minutes of the original call.

"What they found was a child that had been brought from the backyard pool out to a sidewalk close by, and a family member doing CPR on the child,” she explained. “Care was taken over by our fire department firefighters and transported to Children's Medical Center Plano, where he was pronounced dead."

Neighbors say the family at 6512 Ember Court is not well known and has only lived there for a short time.

They report police and ambulance traffic for most of the day.

“The police was there for close to six hours,” said neighbor Ronald Pascos.

Plano officials are not releasing any details about how the child got in the pool. But they point out that Texas leads the nation in child drownings.

"In 2015 across the state, there were 75 drownings,” Harrell explained. “In 2016 halfway through August, we're at 86 drownings."

It wasn’t immediately known how long the child had been in the pool when he was discovered.

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