GREENVILLE CO., S.C. (WSPA) – A young child drowned in a community pool on Sunday, according to Greenville Coroner Parks Evans.
The Za’Marion Wilcox, 3, was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly before 9:00 p.m.
The coroner says the incident happened at the Partridge Ridge community pool on Duncan Chapel Road.
Wilcox was at the pool with members of his foster family when he apparently fell into the swimming pool.
He was pulled from the pool by one of his foster parents and CPR was administered by a witness until EMS got there.
He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The drowning has been ruled accidental.
The Wilcox family released this statement:
“We ask for and appreciate the privacy while we lay our son to rest.
Neither Ms. Njamena Wilcox, nor anyone from the family will be speaking publicly; they simply cannot at this time.
There will be a time to ask tough questions about how this tragic death happened, and the family plans to pursue those answers, but today we mourn Za’Marion loss.”
The S.C. Department of Social Services also sent the following statement in response to the drowning death of Za’Marion Wilcox:
“On September 4, 2016, the Department of Social Services received a report that a toddler in foster care in Greenville County had passed away due to an apparent drowning. DSS staff responded immediately to the report to provide support and resources for all affected by the tragedy. The Department is currently conducting an investigation into the incident and cooperating with law enforcement.”
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