SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - Slidell Police are investigating the death of a 4-year-old who drowned in a North Shore pool. It happened Monday just before 6 p.m.
Police say they responded to a home on West Pinewood Drive after a father found his little boy unresponsive in the backyard pool.
"His father pulled him out of the pool and they immediately started CPR. Our police officers got there within minutes, they took over CPR and then the EMTs from Acadian started CPR as well," said Slidell Police Detective Daniel Seuzeneau.
Police say 4-year-old Timothy Brooks was taken to a local hospital, but it was too late.
"We did everything we could to revive this little boy, and unfortunately by the time they got to the hospital he had passed away," said Seuzeneau.
The news is heartbreaking for neighbors like Maggie Fredericks.
"When I came home I saw several police cars out front, I saw several people very distraught, very upset, you know, they were trying to relay the story to those that were near them and you could just tell that something really terrible had gone on," said Fredericks.
As a children's pastor, her prayers are with the family.
"We need to extend mercy to them and grieve with them and help them any way that we can as a neighborhood. We need to do that," Fredericks said.
Slidell Police offer this advice to parents:
"It's one of those things where you can never take enough precautions when you have a swimming pool in your backyard. You just cannot take enough precautions, and my recommendation is that as soon as your child is old enough to learn how to swim, you put your child through swim lessons. It's one of those things that will pay off when you least expect it," Seuzeneau said.
Slidell Police say they believe the drowning was accidental. No charges have been filed, but police say the case is still under investigation. We're also told investigators still have a lot of people to interview.