Giovanni Ojeda’s mother was counting the children when she realized her toddler son was missing.
As 12 News reports, the Ojeda family was hosting a Halloween party on Saturday at their home in Avondale, Arizona when 14-month-old Giovanni disappeared.
Grandmother Olga Ojeda told 12 News that Giovanni’s mother only lost track of him for a few moments during the party preparation:
“Started making the food, started getting everything ready, and one by one my daughter-in-law starts counting, ‘OK. where’s this one and where’s Giovanni, where’s Giovanni?’ and the first thing she did was run out to find that he was in the pool.”
According to KTVK, there were other children and family around, but no one knows how the toddler ended up in the pool or how long he was there. Unfortunately, there was no fence around the pool and the water was so dirty that at first, no one could see Giovanni in the pool.
.@AZAvondaleFire says this case is a reminder to always keep your pool clean, even in off season. Should there be an emergency, you need to have visibility of pool. #azfamily pic.twitter.com/nGBRPf8ZCG
— Ryan Simms (@RyanTVNews) October 28, 2018
Family members pulled the boy out, called an ambulance, and started CPR. Giovanni was taken to the hospital where he died.
Emergency responders say this is a reminder of the importance of practicing pool safety all year long, even when no one is swimming — that includes keeping the pool clean so you can see and respond to emergencies. Sgt. Thomas Alt of the Avondale Police Department told the Arizona Republic that pool safety is a year-round effort:
“If it is pool fences, or watching a child, or watching an adult, all those things can come in to help to make sure that everybody can leave a get-together safely.”
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral costs. Olga told KTVK that Giovanni’s death is a reminder to hold your little ones tight while you can:
“He was my little red, my 14th grandson that I loved so much, I’ve seen all my grand-kids be born. Now I have to bury him.”