ROUND ROCK, TEXAS - Authorities in Williamson County are investigating after a 4-year-old child apparently drowned at a Round Rock home Monday morning.
According to the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, officers responded to the home located on Monument Drive at around 10:55 a.m. When they arrived, medics were seen loading the boy into an ambulance. The boy -- identified as Alister James Hyder -- was taken to Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas where he was declared dead.
The sheriff's office told KVUE's Rebeca Trejo they believe the child somehow got out of the home while his mother was inside. When the mother went outside to look for him, she told authorities she saw him at the bottom of the above-ground pool at the house.
The sheriff's office is investigating the death alongside Child Protective Services and will provide more details as they become available.They told Trejo that there are no pending charges currently and that the death may have been accidental.
- Put up fences with self-closing and latching gates.
- Use alarms. There are alarms for back doors and for the water's surface.
- Store water toys away from the water when not in use so they don't attract a small child.
- Responsible adults should constantly watch children in any body of water from an ocean to a bathtub to the standing water on a pool cover.
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