Little Girl Drowns In Pool

Little Girl Drowns In Pool

There are 215 comments on the WUSA Washington, DC story from Sep 1, 2007, titled Little Girl Drowns In Pool. In it, WUSA Washington, DC reports that:

Fairfax County police detectives are investigating the death of five year old Jana Hammad of Clifton, Va.

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Shanda

Martinsburg, WV

#1 Sep 1, 2007
This is a sad situation but the parents need to be responsible for their children.
dih

Bowie, MD

#2 Sep 1, 2007
Shanda wrote:
This is a sad situation but the parents need to be responsible for their children.
this is my cousin's child who died and he is the best father that any child could ask for. accidents happen and i truly believe fate has a role to play in this unfortunate situation.
jml

Keene, OH

#3 Sep 2, 2007
what were the life gaurds doing that they missed this little girl. I thought they were to be watching the pools
GER

Beltsville, MD

#4 Sep 2, 2007
"Lifeguards cleared the pool at 7p.m. for a scheduled break. The father then realized his daughter was missing".

I have never been to this club, but most pools that have kiddie pools it is the parents who are supposed to be within arms reach of their children and the Lifeguards are more concentrated on the regular pool.

I would have to question the reporting considering they mispelled centerville so it may not be a true depiction of the story.

Either case I am with my 5 year old son in the pool, if I choose to swim with out him I do it at break when the kids are not in the water.
Mary

Hagerstown, MD

#5 Sep 2, 2007
How very sad and heart breaking this is. Yes, DIH, accidents do happen, much too often. No one is feeling more pain right now than this little girls' parents and family. Life guards, in most public pools, do not monitor the kiddie pools. You will find, and I have at several pools, signs posted that specifically state that no child be left unattended or unsupervised. Parent supervision is a MUST! As the mother of two children, 7 & 3, they are never out of my sight or reach in public places, i.e. pools, the ocean, the mall, playground, etc. You cannot replace a child. Sadly, this little girl has had to die because of an "accident" made by her father. One in which I'm sure he will never forgive himself for. He may have been a great father to her, but, as reported, in the blink of an eye your child can be taken from you. My prayers go out to this family, especially her father. May he find peace.
Northern VA

Waldorf, MD

#6 Sep 2, 2007
This is so sad. A 5 year old drowning in a baby pool that is 18 inches deep. I was just telling a neighbor the other day that I felt better now that all my kids were getting older and could all stand in the pools (as well as being able to swim). Guess that doesn't matter.

GER--are you serious??? Centreville is spelled correctly.*You* misspelled it! LOL
A US citizen

Front Royal, VA

#7 Sep 2, 2007
GER wrote:
"Lifeguards cleared the pool at 7p.m. for a scheduled break. The father then realized his daughter was missing".
I have never been to this club, but most pools that have kiddie pools it is the parents who are supposed to be within arms reach of their children and the Lifeguards are more concentrated on the regular pool.
I would have to question the reporting considering they mispelled centerville so it may not be a true depiction of the story.
Either case I am with my 5 year old son in the pool, if I choose to swim with out him I do it at break when the kids are not in the water.
You misspelled Centreville ding dong.
A US citizen

Front Royal, VA

#8 Sep 2, 2007
The only person to blame is the father. He may have been an excellent father, but he was neglecting the child at the time. A child is as quick as lightening. I have saved several children from pool drownings. I was in the right place at the right time. Turn your back for 15 seconds and they're gone.
God Bless the family.
dih

Bowie, MD

#9 Sep 2, 2007
well the only response i can give you guys about my cousin is that he is a great father. he took his kids to the pool there 3 times a week for several months now. and i want to ad that she has completed swimming classes. there is know excuse why this happen and if we were to point the finger we could do it at so many people. another thing is that the kiddie pool there is 4 ft. she was found near the slides. and if i'm not mistaken, there is always a lifeguard where there are slides...
GER

Beltsville, MD

#10 Sep 2, 2007
The origional name was Centercille, they corrected the spelling.
Lorem ipsum

Washington, DC

#11 Sep 2, 2007
There is no reason to begin fingerpointing--certainly not at this stage, based on the very few details provided in this short article.
In any event, it amazes me how many perfect parents there are in this world whose first inclination is to start castigating a parent who has lost his child in a tragic accident.
The finger-pointers here must lead charmed lives, where no children have ever jerked free from their parent's grasp and run out into a parking lot, or fallen from the top of the monkey bars, or done any of the million and one things that children naturally do to constantly endanger themselves, despite their parents' close watch. I'm willing to bet that the only difference between poor little Jana's dad and the rest of us is simply an excruciating turn of bad luck.
There but for the grace of god go we.
Toni

AOL

#12 Sep 2, 2007
When my daughter was just a little over one year old (she's 18 now), she fell into a little plastic kiddie pool and drowned. Luckily, I saw her and we were able to perform CPR. That night, she was up and running around. I was so lucky.
I like to think I am a good Mom. But truth be told, I was neglecting her at the moment. I was talking to a friend and became ingrossed in the conversation for little two minutes. That's all it took.
I thank God she is fine. And I learned my lesson. Now I watch my kids like hawks. No conversation or anything else for that matter is worth my kids.
Mez

Martinsburg, WV

#13 Sep 3, 2007
Happy Labor Day!!
Sympathies to the family.
Susan

Washington, DC

#14 Sep 3, 2007
Lifetime needs to be investigated. As a member of the community and that particular fitness center, I pulled my kids out of swimming lessons there for their lack of attentiveness.
Also, the water slides are not monitored well by the lifeguards and if it was a busy day....what was the lifeguard to swimmer ratio? It is not a big pool.
Sadly an innocent 5 year old will not be attending kindergarten this year....my heart goes out to this family...especially the father. If he could only turn back time.....
Fate

Gaithersburg, MD

#15 Sep 3, 2007
What the article does not mention is the father repeatedly asking the lifeguards for help. They were busy standing around talking to help him. They sent him to the locker rooms and outside to look while they finished conversing. All of the media reports also forget to mention that it is the lifeguards duty to "clear" the pool before break. They should have ensured that no one was still inside. I am also curious as to how the staff at Life Time missed a girl at the bottom of the pool when she has jet black hair down to her waist.

For the record, this is not a public indoor pool. It is a high priced health club and the pool was not a "kiddie pool". It is a family pool with shallow water for the children to play. Both Jana and her sibilings attended swim lessons at this pool.

I think it is terrible that people are so ready to blame the parents without knowledge of the details. That pool has probably triple the number of children as adults. Jana's father was in the pool area with the children not in a sauna or upstairs working out. He was being a GREAT DAD!!!!
Susan

Washington, DC

#16 Sep 3, 2007
I completely agree with Fate's response. When the parent is in the middle of a crisis they need the support of professional staff ,"lifeguards", to help with the situation. The pool staff at this fitness club is self centered and unprofessional...which is the reason I pulled my kids out of their lessons last fall. It's a high priced gym with poor customer service. Their child care center should be investigated as well.
If the father was frantic looking for his daughter, why would the lifeguards send him away rather than look in the pool? Any other gym, I wouldn't believe, but this gym I DO !!!
luvmymaninblue

Arlington, VA

#17 Sep 3, 2007
"would have to question the reporting considering they mispelled centerville so it may not be a true depiction of the story."
No my friend you mispelled it it is spelled Centreville!
Sehanea

Frederick, MD

#18 Sep 3, 2007
Fate wrote:
What the article does not mention is the father repeatedly asking the lifeguards for help. They were busy standing around talking to help him. They sent him to the locker rooms and outside to look while they finished conversing. All of the media reports also forget to mention that it is the lifeguards duty to "clear" the pool before break. They should have ensured that no one was still inside. I am also curious as to how the staff at Life Time missed a girl at the bottom of the pool when she has jet black hair down to her waist.
For the record, this is not a public indoor pool. It is a high priced health club and the pool was not a "kiddie pool". It is a family pool with shallow water for the children to play. Both Jana and her sibilings attended swim lessons at this pool.
I think it is terrible that people are so ready to blame the parents without knowledge of the details. That pool has probably triple the number of children as dults. Jana's father was in the pool area with the children not in a sauna or upstairs working out. He was being a GREAT DAD!!!!
So it is ok for some one to drown at a not so "high priced pool." What does that have to do with the father not watching his child.
GER

Beltsville, MD

#19 Sep 3, 2007
luvmymaninblue wrote:
"would have to question the reporting considering they mispelled centerville so it may not be a true depiction of the story."
No my friend you mispelled it it is spelled Centreville!
Created:9/1/2007 6:09:57 PM
Last Updated:9/3/2007 7:13:13 AM

Yes I did, but as you can see they changed the story and corrected their mistake, it was Centrecille the first time, but apparently I am on target since more is comming out that was not reported, like the father asking for assistance before they called the break at 7 p.m.
Susan

Falls Church, VA

#20 Sep 3, 2007
Sehanea wrote:
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So it is ok for some one to drown at a not so "high priced pool." What does that have to do with the father not watching his child.
No it is not okay for a innocent child to drown in any pool where there are lifeguards present. That, I do not think was the intent of the comment. The father could not find his daughter and did not get any assistance....WHY????? That was the question here.
Lifeguards, as the name implies, is a serious role....where was their training from is my question? A child found in the BOTTOM of the pool doesn't happen in one minute...it is usually after a certain length of time after drowning.

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