Boy drowns, girl hospitalized after separate pool incidents

A 6-year-old boy drowned and a 7-year-old girl is in critical condition after two separate swimming pool accidents in Fort Worth.

Micah Wheeler was pulled from the water of a community pool in the 6000 block of Grand Champion Boulevard sometime after 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Witnesses said he was under water for more than five minutes.

Someone at the pool performed CPR until paramedics arrived. But he died before he arrived at Cook Children’s Medical Center.

Residents in the Remington Point neighborhood who use the pool said there are no lifeguards on duty. Security guards are on premise to ensure only residents and their guests can access the pool.

“I’m heartbroken. I really am. I have four children and a granddaughter myself,” said Kathleen Apgar, who lives nearby.

In southeast Fort Worth, a 7-year-old girl nearly drowned in a pool at the Villas by the Park apartments on East Berry Street.

Witnesses told police other children in the pool found her unconscious in about four feet of water. They performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

The unnamed girl was also taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center and remains in critical condition.

“This is just one more example, you know, of children being possibly unattended in our pools. You know, it takes a split second for you to take your eye off that pool and for your child to get into the pool and then you lose track of them,” said Lt. Gregg Russell with the Fort Worth Police Department.

Police are still trying to figure out who should have been watching the children in each incident.

Last week three children were pulled from a pool at an Irving apartment complex pool. All three have since died.

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