3-year-old boy is 3rd death in Tennessee hotel pool in 4 years

Posted at 12:40 PM, Feb 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-18 13:40:25-05

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee say a 3-year-old boy found unconscious in a hotel pool has died, the third such death at the pool in the past four years.

Knoxville police say in a Facebook post Raymond Whitlock died at a hospital Sunday. He was found Saturday in the indoor pool at the Quality Inn and Suites West Waterpark.

The statement says a preliminary investigation found the boy was unattended at the pool along with his 6-year-old brother, a 5-year-old cousin and a 5-year-old friend. The children had been in the care of a relative. The statement says other patrons pulled the victim from the pool.
Police say the investigation is ongoing.

A 4-year-old Georgia boy drowned at the hotel in March 2015 and a 7-year-old boy drowned there in July 2017.