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Awareness brought to light with keeping children safe around pools

Posted at 9:16 PM, Apr 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-20 00:16:00-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Jessica Wright describes the moment she learned her son was found unresponsive at the bottom a pool as a living nightmare, now she wants to bring light to a dark situation in hopes that no other parents feel what she is going through.

A mother's heartbreak as she grieves the loss of her two year old son Jimmy, describing the moments she found out about the tragic accident that led to his death Tuesday afternoon.

I get off at 3 o'clock and then that is when my nightmare started. They said to hurry, that he was in the pool, facedown and not breathing, not being responsive and that I need to hurry up and get to the hospital

Wright says she left Jimmy with a family friend while she and her husband were at work. According to Wright, Jimmy somehow got out of the house and into the backyard.

Minutes later, he was found at the bottom of the pool, unresponsive he was taken to memorial hospital where he later died.

Now, Wright has a message for others out there in hopes of preventing this pain from happening to other families. Brynn Carrigan, assistant director of Kern County Public health is echoing the message of staying alert.

Carrigan said that to prevent drownings, parents should put up a self closing gate around a pool and never take your eyes off children when they are swimming.

The most important thing is that you and your children know how to swim, that is the most safeguard you can take.

Kern County Public Health has water watcher lanyards that they give out for free which are designed to help designate an adult responsible for supervising children in or near water.