Sheriff's spokesman: Deltona mom preparing dinner loses sight of 1-year-old boy who drowns in family pool

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DELTONA -- The obvious question as to how a 1-year-old Deltona boy ended up in the bottom of a family pool with such a tragic ending has been answered: "The mother was in the kitchen preparing dinner and lost sight of the child briefly," Volusia Country Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson told

The Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation into the drowning of the baby, identified as Chase Wilson.

Davidson said he did not have the mother's name or those of other immediate family members readily available and that the circumstances surrounding the drowning were explained to him by one of the investigators.

The baby is the youngest of what are now six small-child pool drowning fatalities in Volusia County this year.

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to 754 Leeward Drive after receiving a 911 call at 5:18 p.m. reporting that the baby had been found at the bottom of the pool. The victim wasn't breathing when he was removed from the pool. The mother and father and a grandparent were at the house at the time of the incident, Davidson said.

"A Sheriff’s Office telecommunicator coached a frantic family member over the phone on CPR procedures while help was quickly sent to the house," Davidson said.

The first responding deputy arrived four minutes after the 9-1-1 call and took over efforts to try and revive the baby. Paramedics with the Deltona Fire Department and EVAC ambulance also assisted, but the baby was pronounced dead at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City.

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