October 25, 2014

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Water safety urged after 3 Ohio toddlers drown

Backyard pool safety is an important concern after three young children drowned over the weekend in separate incidents. In today's Mommy Wars column, Melissa Linebrink talks about how teaching her children to swim at a young age was a priority. Read Melissa's column in print or on the e-edition -- our weekly columns do not appear on the website.

Backyard pool safety is an important concern after three young children drowned over the weekend in separate incidents. In today’s Mommy Wars column, Melissa Linebrink talks about how teaching her children to swim at a young age was a priority. Read Melissa’s column in print or on the e-edition — our weekly columns do not appear on the website.

COLUMBUS (AP) — Authorities are urging extra vigilance for parents of small children after the accidental drownings of toddlers in three separate central Ohio incidents last weekend.

On Saturday, 4-year-old Sinaia Moore died in a backyard pool at a birthday party in Columbus. Also on Saturday, 4-year-old Sebastion Lee was found in a pond at his family’s farm north of Newark in Licking County.

And then on Sunday in Licking County, 4-year-old Colton Angus was found dead in the Clear Fork of the Licking River north of Newark. He had been visiting a relative’s house.

Elissa James of the Central Ohio YMCA tells The Columbus Dispatch that constant supervision is essential to keeping children safe near water.

James says drowning usually happens “quickly and silently.”


  • HankKwah

    When they are that young, you cannot take your eyes off of them. Or you erect obstacles that they cannot get around. Be careful, folks, in the matter of a few minutes, they could be gone forever.

  • Razorback Twou

    Quit using the kids as buoys.

    • Kim

      Thats not funny , you sick a-hole!

  • Bob

    We urge you to drop the beer and start paying attention to your kids.

  • Otter

    My heart goes out to the families, I can’t even imagine the pain they must feel.