Greenwich police investigate child's ...

Greenwich police investigate child's drowning in mansion pool

There are 38 comments on the Newsday story from Jul 29, 2007, titled Greenwich police investigate child's drowning in mansion pool. In it, Newsday reports that:

The child, whose name was not released, was unconscious and unresponsive when officers arrived at 6 p.m. at the family's home, police said.

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janna haroche

Jericho, NY

#1 Jul 30, 2007
I would like to know if it was an older pool? Do all pools have the same kind of suction drain?

Since: Apr 07

Lon Gisland

#2 Jul 30, 2007
Where was the pool alarm?

Did it fall into the LIRR gap?

Since: Apr 07

Lon Gisland

#3 Jul 30, 2007
"The boy's parents, three siblings and two family employees were home at the time, Gray said. "

I wonder if the employees were illegals?
mike from newtown ct

Newtown, CT

#4 Jul 30, 2007
every one is home including two house slaves and this poor child is left alone unattended for an undisclosed amount of time and found under water....i guess when your that rich and wealthy watching your children becomes a nuisance....a lesson they will have to live with the rest of their lives....
the last word

Patchogue, NY

#5 Jul 30, 2007
As someone who has known the children well and had many occasions to observe the family let me say this: Tragic accidents happen and not for one minute did I think of casting blame on parents who have never been anything other than caring and appropriate and available to their children. Mike is using his own misplaced biogotry to point fingers at a time of tragedy for these poor parents and siblings grieving the terrible loss of a beloved child. Shame on you for adding to their misery.
mike from newtown ct wrote:
every one is home including two house slaves and this poor child is left alone unattended for an undisclosed amount of time and found under water....i guess when your that rich and wealthy watching your children becomes a nuisance....a lesson they will have to live with the rest of their lives....
Brown Eyes

East Setauket, NY

#6 Jul 31, 2007
It looks like someone dropped the ball.

From News12:

Six-year-old Zachary Archer Cohn somehow got his arm stuck in a filtration valve, police said.

Police said the valve was located on the side wall of the pool, and that the protective grate covering it was no longer in place.
Angela

Sterling, CT

#7 Aug 1, 2007
mike from newtown ct wrote:
every one is home including two house slaves and this poor child is left alone unattended for an undisclosed amount of time and found under water....i guess when your that rich and wealthy watching your children becomes a nuisance....a lesson they will have to live with the rest of their lives....
Right. The unemployed and uneducated living in low-income-housing off of the state are famous for thier stellar parenting.
Gina Hansen

Bronx, NY

#8 Aug 1, 2007
I cannot believe somebody can be so heartless as to be envious of money and wealth in a moment like this. My heart goes to the boy and his family. May God bless them. As a mother I know it is not possible to protect a child 100%, we all fail. I have been lucky so far to still have mine.
Carrie

United States

#9 Aug 1, 2007
mike from newtown ct wrote:
every one is home including two house slaves and this poor child is left alone unattended for an undisclosed amount of time and found under water....i guess when your that rich and wealthy watching your children becomes a nuisance....a lesson they will have to live with the rest of their lives....
Accidents happen every day to everyone from all socio-economic groups.
I read every day about children enduring horrendous conditions in severe poverty with the worse kind of neglectful, lazy parents. That doesn't mean that I would classify everyone with financial problems as an unfit parent. To use the redudant terms "rich and wealthy" as some sort of justification to this horrific accident says more about your ignorance than anything else.
mike from newtown ct

Newtown, CT

#10 Aug 1, 2007
when a family has a house full of children and own's a pool the responsibility of watching those children becomes even greater!!!What a sad lesson to learn....I would never leave my childrens fate in the hands of (hired) help!!
lifeguard

Gloucester, MA

#11 Aug 1, 2007
Unless you're educated as to what to do in the event of a drowning, a child can drown very quickly in less than an inch of water, depending on the size/age of the child. Most people don't know what to do in the event of a drowning. Do you? A child trapped in a suction drain, by his arm, would cause the boy to panic--using what little oxygen he had quickly. Adults could have trouble freeing the arm and then, once the child is out of the water, not know the correct way to perform rescue breathing and resuscitation/cpr. As a mom of three boys, the worst accidents my kids have had have been within ten feet of where I was standing. One son broke his arm when playing tag as he flipped over the top of his brother when he stopped short - he landed on his own arm. I was about six feet from them, watching the game - which, until then was fun and safe. Kids are unpredictable and do some spontaneous things that end up getting them hurt, or worse. I'm a diligent mom, but I'm not perfect. My heart goes out to this family and I send them my prayers. Anyone who is so quick to pass judgement should remember that "he who is without sin can cast the first stone" and there, but for the grace of God, go I."
mike from newtown ct

Newtown, CT

#12 Aug 1, 2007
to carrie....accidents can be prevented.....amen
from CT

United States

#13 Aug 1, 2007
mike from newtown ct wrote:
to carrie....accidents can be prevented.....amen
They are called accidents for a reason!!! so a parent shouldn't let a child swim because an accident might happen? You're very heartless.
Brown Eyes

East Setauket, NY

#14 Aug 1, 2007
mike from newtown ct wrote:
accidents can be prevented
Yes, they can.

In this case, the protective grate would have most certainly prevented this child's death.
Carrie

Salem, CT

#15 Aug 2, 2007
to mike from newtown
...Perhaps "accident" is not the best term, I agree with you there. "Tragic unfortunate mistakes in judgment happen to people from all socio-economic groups" is perhaps more accurate.
My point to you was that your inference that the amount of money in ones bank account plays in role in the dilligence to ones children was absurd. When this happens in a tenement neighborhood bathtub do you jump in and blame it on the fact that the parents were poor?
broken heart

Rye, NY

#16 Aug 2, 2007
to answer your question janna. look for additional information :
www.drainsafe.com
or just google pool drain safety..
this was a new pool..this could happen to any pool-mostly old ones. make sure a pool specialist checks your pool system. get more than one opinion...
anitblogger

Mineola, NY

#17 Aug 2, 2007
why not stop debating other's pains and misfortunes and all go back to work or better yet spend the time, energy, and anger you feel at hearing about such an awful event into taking care of the people you are responsible for.
mike from newtown ct

Newtown, CT

#18 Aug 2, 2007
when a family with children own a pool there is nothing more important than Parent supervision...and i mean nothing more important! Thats all that has to be said....end of story.....you cant argue with that...
Moriches Man

Harriman, NY

#19 Aug 2, 2007
How does a child drown in a Mansion anyway?
That has to be a first.
Carrie

United States

#20 Aug 2, 2007
anitblogger wrote:
why not stop debating other's pains and misfortunes and all go back to work or better yet spend the time, energy, and anger you feel at hearing about such an awful event into taking care of the people you are responsible for.
We're having a discussion here, if you want to preach, go find a church with a help-wanted sign.

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