9-Year-Old Morris County Girl Dies In Pool At Jersey Shore Motel

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities said a Morris County girl vacationing with her parents at the Jersey Shore has died after she was found unconscious in a motel swimming pool.

The victim, identified only as a 9-year-old Mine Hill girl, was pulled from the pool at the Skyview Manor Motel in Seaside Heights around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday. A borough police officer soon arrived and began performing CPR, but the girl was pronounced dead a short time later at Community Medical Center in Toms River.

Authorities estimated the girl was under water for two to three minutes before a bystander noticed her and pulled her out.

It was not immediately clear how the girl got into the pool.

Witnesses said the victim’s parents were not near the pool at the time of the incident, despite the fact the signs posted read that children under 16-years-old were to be accompanied by an adult.

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One Comment

  1. doc in NJ says:

    these terrible tragedies happen most frequently when a parent(s) has an expectation that “I’ll be right there…” is understood by the child to mean “don’t go in the pool until I can be with you.” As parents, we all understand the perils our children face, but we (including me) often drastically underestimate how much TIME a VERY BRIEF distraction actually can be. All of us need to keep this in mind.

    My condolences the family. I cannot begin to understand their loss.

  2. kendra says:

    Oh my that is terrible and i feel bad for the little girls parents and my condolences really go out to her and her family and the motel where she was staying at should have had more att training in cases like this.and the parents should have supervised her more closely and none of this would have happened that is the reason why they post those kinds of signs up the way they do cause u have parents like them that don,t watch there kids more closely and that is really really sad..it truly is heartbreaking uno.

  3. watch your kids already says:

    Watch the parents sue now .Parents watch your kids and avoid these heartbreaks this 9 year old drowns and the little 9 year old walking home alone gets killed .People 9 is to young to leave kids alone .

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