SLIDELL, La. – A 3-year-old child has died and a 14-year-old is in critical condition after a pair of tragic incidents in water this weekend.
In the first incident, a teenager jumped into Bayou Bonfouca on a dare Saturday, according to Slidell Police spokesman Daniel Seuzenau.
After jumping into the water, the teen did not resurface. Some bystanders jumped into the water and were able to pull the teen out and then Slidell Officer Tommy Benasco Jr. arrived and began to perform CPR.
Seuzeneau said that by the time EMS arrived, the teen was breathing. He was transported to Tulane Hospital and was said to be in critical condition. His name was not released.
On Sunday morning, officers responded to a call in the 100 block of David Drive where a homeowner awoke to find a 3-year-old face down in their pool.
Police arrived on the scene and made a desperate attempt to resuscitate the child. The youngster was taken to Slidell Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead at around 10:30 a.m.
Seuzeneau said that the child lived across the street from where he was found and the 3-year-old had apparently opened the window in his bedroom and get out of the home undetected. The parents said they had last seen him around 7 a.m. when he was watching cartoons on television.
“This is any parent’s worst nightmare,” said Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith. “I know these events have not only been hard on the families of the two victims, but have affected everyone involved, including my officers, first responders and the hospital staff.”
The name of the second victim was not released either.