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Devastated Houston grandfather finds grandson, 9, lifeless in bathtub after possible drowning

The boy was taken in an ambulance to the Texas Medical Center, where he tragically died.
UPDATED SEP 27, 2022
(Representational photo, Brandon Bell/Getty Images)
(Representational photo, Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

HOUSTON, TEXAS: Police in Houston, Texas, hurried to a residence on Saturday, September 24, after learning reports of a possible drowning. A nine-year-old boy was discovered lifeless in the bathtub by his grandfather.

Officers responded to a drowning incident in the 15600 block of Corsair Road near Muskingum Lane at roughly 10 pm, according to Houston Police Commander K Anthony-Miller, KPRC-TV reported. The unnamed child was reportedly taking a shower at the time, according to the police. The boy's grandfather took him from the tub and started performing CPR right away. He was reportedly taken in an ambulance to the Texas Medical Center, where he tragically died.


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Two additional children were at home at the time of the tragedy, according to the police. The boy's cause of death hasn't been made public because investigations are ongoing. More children between the ages of one and four have died from drowning, according to experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to estimates, there are 8,080 nonfatal drownings and 3,960 fatal unintentional drownings each year in the US. These deaths include boating-related drowning, which results in an average of 11 drowning deaths each day.

Another recent drowning tragedy, involving a four-year-old girl and her siblings, was reported to have occurred early on Monday, September 12 on the Coney Island beach. The kids who were reportedly drowned by their mother were 7-year-old Zachary Merdy, 4-year-old Liliana Stephen, and 3-month-old Oliver Bondarev.

The city Medical Examiner had confirmed that the three children's drowning fatalities that were discovered on a Coney Island beach were homicides. Erin Merdy, the children's mother, admitted to the crimes. Three blocks from their house on Neptune Avenue, close to the water, the kids' bodies were discovered lifeless. The Coney Island Hospital declared them dead.

After the tragedy, the father of one of the three kids who drowned to death on the Coney Island beach has expressed his grief. Liliana Stephen's father, Shamir Small, has disclosed that he believed the four-year-old was in good hands when she was with her mother, Erin Merdy, and siblings Zachary and Oliver.

Small said of his ex-girlfriend, Merdy, "At one time, she was a great mother who loved her kids. I didn’t see this coming. This is a complete shock," according to The New York Daily News. Furthermore, he added, "brokenhearted is one way to put it, but it’s far more than that." This tragedy transpired as certain reports revealed that Merdy was most likely a postpartum depression patient.