Friday , 21 October 2016

Drowning of 2-Year-Old Boy in Family’s Pinon Hills Pool

PINON HILLS:( At approximately 4:50 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8th there was a 9-1-1 call to the Pinon Hills area for the possible drowning of a 2-year-old boy.

The drowning occurred in the pool of a home located in 300 block of Marcos Road in Pinon Hills. The family immediately started CPR in hopes of resuscitating the baby boy. Paramedics arrived on the scene and continued CPR before airlifting the baby boy to Loma Linda Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at approximately 6 p.m.

Liam Jones-Chavez was described by family and friends as a fun-loving happy 2 ½ year old boy who loved Ninja Turtles and Dinosaurs. Liam would be celebrating his third birthday on October 11th. Friends of the family describe the boy’s parents, Brooke and Daniel, as highly involved and attentive parents that always put the needs of their son first.

If you would like to help the family, who is dealing with the tragic loss of their baby boy with funeral costs a memorial fund has been set up by a family friend. There is also a fundraiser car wash set up for Sunday, July 13th at Hilltop Market, 9790 Jurupa Rd. in the city of  Mira Loma.

Over 1,200 children die of drownings per year in the United States. 30% of children ages 1-4 that die of unintentional injury are deaths caused by accidental drowning. Approximately 75% of those child fatalities are boys, most of those boys being under the age of four.

A few pool safety reminders from

  • Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim.
  • If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first.
  • Whenever infants or toddlers are in or around water, an adult should be within arm’s reach to provide active supervision.
  • If children are near water, then they should be the only thing on your mind. Small children can drown in as little as one inch of water.
  • Use floating toys like water wings and noodles for fun – not for safety. Don’t use them in place of life jackets.
  • Watch children carefully.
  • Make sure at least one adult is watching when children are in or around the water.
  • Don’t read or use the phone while you are watching young children.
  • If you have a pool, install 4-sided fencing that’s at least 4 feet high and separates the pool from the house or yard. Use self-closing and self-latching gates that open outward and are out of reach of children.
  • Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly.

For information on pool safety tips, see:


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