Isaac Powell: 3-year-old's body found in neighbor’s pool after he went missing while moving into new home

Isaac Powell: 3-year-old's body found in neighbor’s pool after he went missing while moving into new home
Isaac Powell was found dead in a swimming pool after going missing while his family was busy moving things into their new home (GoFundMe)

PERTH, AUSTRALIA: A three-year-old boy died after going missing from his home, where his family had recently shifted. Isaac Powell was reportedly found in a neighbor’s swimming pool after a frantic search by family and neighbors. The tragedy happened on December 29 in Livingston, Western Australia, and while his mother, Zahra, was rearranging the place after the move.

Zahra reportedly managed to get a pulse on her son after doing CPR, but he did not survive. The child reportedly died at Perth Children's Hospital after being placed on life support for five days. On Monday, January 2, he was pulled off life support. Powell's aunt Ummu Bakri wrote on Facebook, “On Thursday 29th December my sister moved into her new house as the school in canning vale offered a learning program for her eldest son. She was so excited for the future and as it was her birthday, she was trying to get everything organised for a family get together at the new house.”

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She continued, “Setting up the new house she had realised her 3 year old son was missing. Searching the house and the backyard she couldn’t find him and thought the worst. All she could think is maybe he managed to open the side door to the garage and escape on the street. Searching the streets of Livingston for over 15 minutes with the help of the community Isaac was found by her neighbours children lifeless in their swimming pool.”

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Bakri also revealed that a probe had been initiated and “the police investigation found there was 2 colour bond boundary fence panels missing, visible from the neighbours house and hidden out of site behind the garage and unknown to my sister and husband on their side of the property. I cannot comment on the integrity of any fencing inside the neighbours property.”

“A tragedy like this was preventable and a small child should be safe in the boundaries of his/her home. Please if you could reach out with a small donation to help pay for funeral costs, psychologist expenses and to help them with renting another house temporarily as they are too traumatised to move back into the new house that would mean the world to them. Or if you would prefer to share this post to raise awareness we would appreciate that a lot too,” the aunt added.

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Speaking to Nine News Perth, Powell's devatsted father, Stephen, said, "We have to grieve, he is at peace now and we have to take comfort from that. He was the cutest little boy ... he was loved ... he had the best eyelashes. He was beautiful. He loved cars. Matchbox cars. He kept them in his hands the whole time, carried them everywhere, you wouldn’t see him without a car in his hand. We’ll have them with him, when he goes, when he’s laid to rest."

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe was also started to help the grieving family. A message on the fundraiser said, “I know Stephen & Zahra would be forever grateful but certainly not expectorant of anything. Let’s unite as a community to help and support Stephen and Zahra as they navigate their grief and try to form some semblance of a life after this shattering loss."

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“Any donation, no matter how small, will support their family with their expenses during this difficult time. All monies raised will go to Stephen, who has permitted me to make this page,” the page further stated. The goal amount was set at $20,000 but it has received over $25,000.

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