CEDAR PARK, Texas (FOX 7 Austin) - The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is conducting a joint investigation with police into the death of a child in a water incident. Cedar Park police said Tuesday that the child visited Buttercup Pool with her summer camp when the incident happened.
The camp says the six-year-old girl was rescued from the pool, however died at the hospital Wednesday. High Hopes summer camp released this statement to FOX 7:
“One of the children in our Summer Camp program was rescued from the water at Buttercup Creek Pool. CPR was then performed until the ambulance arrived and the child was transported to the hospital. As was reported by the media, the child succumbed to her injuries yesterday.
Our hearts are broken for this family and our entire church family is engaged in prayer for them.
Safety is our number one priority. We are extremely focused on reviewing our safety procedures in general and this incident in detail. While this review takes place, we are limiting our activities to our primary campus.
We are actively communicating with the parents of the children in our care regarding this incident and changes to our procedures. We immediately self-reported this incident to the state child-care licensing authorities as required by state child-care regulations and are actively cooperating with their investigation. Because of the nature of the ongoing investigations, we are not providing any additional details that could compromise the work of the investigators or influence the outcome of their findings.
We have been working with Williamson County Victim Services and counselors have been on site to support children and staff. We are also working with local service providers to offer counseling to our families who need it.”
“Unfortunately we start to see an increase in water fatalities when children are out of school and during the summer months when children are taking advantage of all the great water recreation venues we have across the state of Texas,” said Lennan.
Texas DFPS is looking into the matter, because it involves the death of a child.
Their website shows High Hopes had a violation about three years ago, for not supervising a child, who was left in a gym. “Although water can be a wonderful way for the children to enjoy the great outdoors, relax and have fun, we also need to make sure there is supervision to make sure there is not a tragedy,” said Lennan.
It’s a reminder that parents, guardians, and supervisors can never be too careful at the pool.