Two-year-old dies of suspected drowning at family holiday party

Two-year-old dies of suspected drowning at family holiday party

RACELAND, LA (WVUE) - A 2-year-old Des Allemands boy died Tuesday after authorities suspect he drowned in a Raceland swimming pool.

Kevin Cortez III was pronounced dead at Ochsner St. Anne General Hospital after family members made efforts to revive him at the scene.

Around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Lafourche Parish deputies were called to a home in the 100 block of North Service Road in Raceland regarding a 2-year-old found unresponsive in a swimming pool at a family gathering.

Investigators learned that the boy was last seen playing with other children inside the home. A short time later, when it was discovered that he was no longer inside the house, adults began searching for him.

The boy's father found him at the bottom of a pool on the property.

Family members performed CPR at the scene. Cortez was then taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Investigators do not suspect foul play in the incident.

There will be a fundraiser Friday, July 21, to help with funeral expenses. Plates of fried fish, white beans, corn and cake can be purchased for $10 each. Food will be ready starting at 11 a.m. at the Des Allemands Fire Station at 16960 Highway 90. You can pick up or place an order starting July 20. Call 985-258-3294 or contact Karmen Breaux via Facebook for more information.

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