MEMPHIS, Tenn. — One boy is dead and another in critical condition after a drowning Saturday night at a hotel in East Memphis.
Police responded to DoubleTree Hotel at 5069 Sanderlin Ave. around 9 p.m. They found two juveniles, a six-year-old and seven-year-old, in the pool during a child’s birthday party.
One witness, a woman named Katherine, was an overnight guest at the DoubleTree celebrating her own daughter’s sweet 16. Suddenly, there was commotion both outside and inside the hotel. In particular, the indoor pool is where Katherine says there were cries for help when a child nearly drowned.
“It was about 10 of us and we all got down and held onto each other and just started praying,” Katherine said.
Katherine’s friend helped administer CPR to the six-year-old boy. While complete strangers were using their hands to pump the child’s chest, others were lifting their hands in prayer. Moments after that prayer, Katherine says the six-year-old started breathing.
The six-year-old was taken to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in critical condition.
A source told WREG that after emergency responders arrived, they were unable to locate another child who was at the pool party. As police began searching frantically, a seven-year-old was then discovered at the bottom of the outside pool. The source also told us that an officer jumped into the pool to pull the child out of the water.
The seven-year-old was taken in critical condition to Baptist Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Witnesses at the hotel said there was a woman watching close to 30 kids at the pool. She is said to have stepped away for just a few moments to get ice when this tragedy happened.
Police said this is an ongoing investigation.