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63rd drowning this year

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A four year old child drowned Monday in a rural area in Liberty County, full of private dirt roads, winding country roads and ground holes full of water. A sheriff's representative says the child drowned in a ten feet deep pond located off Indigo Road and Private Road 4501 after wandering away from his wheelchair bound grandmother.

Captain Ken DeFoor, a spokesperson for the sheriff's department, said two sergeants, dressed in suits, were first on the scene, after responding to a neighbor's 911 call.

"They immediately dropped their guns as soon as they arrived and dove into the water with all their clothing on," DeFoor said.

It was too late. According to a CPS spokesperson, the boy is the 63rd child reported to have drowned in Texas this year. He is the second from Liberty County.

As of last month, Harris County led the state in the number of children who have drowned this year. Since the report was published, 5 more children have drowned, four in the greater Houston area.

While accidents do happen during family outings, Captain DeFoor says others, like today's, serve as a reminder to all parents.

"This time of the year, children are going to get out of the house," he said. "These young children need to be supervised more closely. They need to be watched and if you're around a body of water, the child is going to be naturally drawn to that sort of thing. It' hot weather. They're going to the water to play in. You just can't take any chances."

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