Hotel pool drowning probed

Published 10:01 pm Monday, November 5, 2012

Police are investigating what they say appears to be an accidental drowning at a hotel near the Suffolk-Chesapeake line Saturday.

At 5:45 p.m., officers from Chesapeake Police Department were called to the Sleep Inn, 3280 Western Branch Blvd., for the “possible drowning” of an 8-year-old boy, a press release says.

The child, who had been swimming in the hotel pool, was transported to Maryview Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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Department spokeswoman Kelly O’Sullivan said police are investigating the incident as a suspected accidental drowning.

“We’re talking with a group of people who he was with,” she said, “interviewing each of them to try to find out” specifically what happened.

“We’re investigating what appears to be an accidental drowning. There was nothing suspicious in connection with it.”

The boy was from Portsmouth and family members, who were not at the hotel, have been notified of his death, O’Sullivan said.

She said that the boy was at the hotel with “several people,” and believes he was discovered in the water by “an acquaintance that was with him … (from) part of a group he was with.”

First responders arriving at the scene, including from Chesapeake Fire Department, were met with “people assisting, trying to help him. He was not pronounced deceased until he was at the hospital.”

Reached by phone Monday, a worker at the hotel declined to comment on the incident. “To be honest with you, right now I can’t say anything about whatever happened,” he said.