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Youngstown boy, 2, drowns in family’s pool

Published: Thu, July 19, 2012 @ 12:10 a.m.


By John W. Goodwin Jr.



The Valley has its youngest victim in what has been a deadly month of water-related accidents.

A 2-year-old boy has died in Akron Children’s Hospital Boardman campus after being found floating in the swimming pool at his grandmother’s South Side home.

Police say Kaden Gump of Belden Avenue was taken to the hospital just after 2:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Paramedics worked on the unresponsive child at the home before rushing him to the hospital.

The afternoon peace in the Belden Avenue neighborhood was shattered by the sounds of sirens and the whispers of spectators wishing Kayden well.

Detective Sgt. Doug Bobovnik said Kaden, along with several other children, had gone swimming at his grandmother’s house, which is only a short distance from his own Belden Avenue home. He said Kaden’s absence was noticed when the other kids came into the house to eat.

“The kids were out in the pool at the grandmother’s residence and then came in to get something to eat. The grandmother took the floaties off of [Kaden] at that time and he must have snuck back out,” said Bobovnik.

The incident does not seem to involve any foul play, Bobovnik said. It is still early in the investigation, but the detective describes the situation as just “a horrible accident.”

Several young people have fallen victim to drownings in the region this year.

The most recent drowning before this is that of 12-year-old Mark Goodrich of Sharon. Goodrich is believed to have gone swimming in the Shenango River with several other boys July 14, then went missing. He was found the next day by a passer-by alongside the river.

Police have ruled Good-rich’s death an accidental drowning.

There were also three drownings in the area in one weekend earlier this month. Those three drownings took place in various locations the weekend of July 7.

Eli Miller, 21, of Middlefield drowned in Mosquito Lake. Bruce Banks of Youngstown drowned as he swam after hours at the Logan Swim and Tennis Club in Liberty and Cory Lowder, 26, of Canton drowned in Berlin Lake.


1JimmyB(18 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Anyone who has a pool and toddlers shouldn't have kids. It's that simple.

It means that having a recreational device is more important than the safety (LIFE) of one's children. There's no excuse for this: 100% preventable. It's outrageous.

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2Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

ABSOLUTELY no reason for this to happen. How many times do you have to tell people to keep a eye on a child, ESPECIALLY when it comes to swimming pools.

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3hollywood(94 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

i have a pool n toodlers! i have a gate with lock on it around pool. if im not back there neither are they and they cant sneak in because of a lock! these drownings are so sad! i pray everyone with a pool just pay better attention. GET LOCKS!!!!!!!!!!!

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4whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

LOL @ JimmyB , your opinion anyway.

How about this one,anyone with long hair should get their lips cut off, makes just about as much sense.

I like hollywood's approach, get a fence and a lock.

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5Guins(15 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

I also have a pool and a toddler. My pool has a lock on the gate and our daughter is taught not to go near the pool. However I know from being a child caregiver kids are sneaky! They do not grasp the what could happen to them, and trust me I have seen them do ingenious things to get what they want. This poor family all we can do is pray for them. Remember people ALWAYS lock the the gate to your pool so this stuff doesn't happen!

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6Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago


""And, please ignore that rantings of those arrogant, self-righteous perfect people who posted earlier. Try as we might, we can't all be as perfect as they are.""

Who in the world said they were perfect?? Righteous??
A 3 year old drowned, this is a article of the circumstances that happened, this is not a obituary or a memorial, it's a article about a child that drowned.
And what is so wrong about saying people need to be aware of children when they go swimming! That is wrong? When the time comes to send condolences and prayers, then it will be said.

These can be avoided...and it's really heartbreaking when a child drowns....


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7JimmyB(18 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

You folks with locks/fences...Really? That's it? A 100% guarantee it will never happen.

It obviously DOES NOT WORK. It still happens.

It's not worth the even the slightest chance that there could be an accident. ...Just to go swimming. Do without it and have priorities.

I'm amazed how people are willing to put children's lives at risk over something so silly & unnecessary.

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