HOUSTON — A 3-year-old boy was hospitalized Wednesday night after he nearly drowned at a hotel swimming pool.
As of Friday, the boy remains in the hospital but his grandmother said he is doing OK.
According to the Houston Police Department, the boy's grandmother took her eyes off him while he was in the water. This happened at a Red Roof Inn off the Gulf Freeway near Airport Boulevard.
Surveillance video from the hotel showed the boy by himself near the steps and three other children playing in the pool nearby. Less than 20 feet away an adult can be seen sitting in a chair.
In the video, the boy is seen struggling to stay above the water. Eventually, he goes down and is quickly pulled from the water by the woman in the chair.
The manager on duty, Rame Singh, said the woman closest to the boy was on her laptop when it happened.
"If you are enjoying with your electronic device it means you do not have any attention to your children, so you should not come (to) the pool with your electronic device," Singh said. "It doesn't matter if it's a laptop, it's a musical instrument, it's a gaming instrument, because the kids are your responsibility."
He said he's never seen anything like this happen at the hotel's pool before.