Investigation continues into drowning death of 4-year-old boy
Sat, 20 Jul 2013 00:03:36 GMT —
The McAllen Country Club is still open for patrons but its swimming pool remains closed following the death of a 4-year-old boy.
Country Club General Manager Joe Lasiter said they don TMt know when the pool will reopen.
McAllen police report that 4-year-old Joel Flores, Jr. is dead after drowning in the pool.
Country club employees told Action 4 News that the 4-year-old boy was attending a stay and play summer camp.
The boy was spotted at the bottom of the an Olympic-size pool on Thursday afternoon.
McAllen police said paramedics rushed the young boy to the Rio Grande Regional Hospital where he later died.
Lasiter declined to speak on camera but the country club released this statement through their attorney:
The board of directors and entire staff are heartbroken over the tragic loss of Joel Flores. And share in the grief and sorrow of all those affected by his loss.
The questions as to where the four lifeguards were stationed and how many people were present at the camp are still unanswered.
McAllen Police Department Lt. Joel Morales spoke to Action 4 News about the ongoing investigation.
I TMm not going to go into the specifics of the case just yet, Lt. Morales said. This is an ongoing investigation; we are still in the preliminary stages. An autopsy has been ordered.
Action 4 News learned that Joel Flores, Jr. was the son of Hidalgo County prosecutor Criselda Rincon Flores.
The McAllen Country Club website states the swimming pool is staffed with certified lifeguards and that parents can relax while smaller children can splash and play in the covered pool designed for little ones.
The statement by the county club states they have never experienced an accident of this nature.
An autopsy has been ordered in the 4-year-old boy TMs death.