Riverside Police Department Press Release

For Immediate Release

Date March 29, 2004
Contact Sergeant Steve Johnson
Phone (909) 320-8005
Fax (909) 320-8043


2 Year-Old Child Drowns at Child Care Facility

Riverside, Ca-  On Monday March 29, 2004 at 11:34 A.M. Riverside Police Officers were dispatched to a child care facility in the 6800 block of Holbrook Way. Upon arrival they located an unresponsive 2 year-old girl lying on a patio floor. The first officer on scene administered C.P.R. until medical aid arrived. The child was transported to Parkview Community Hospital where the life-saving efforts continued. Unfortunately, the child did not survive. The Riverside County Sheriffs Coroners Office will release her identity.

Investigators responded to the scene and learned that the adult caretakers inside the facility, a male and a female, momentarily lost sight of the child. Shortly thereafter, the male caretaker located the child inside the above ground spa. He recovered the child and called for his wife to call 911.

Investigators conducted interviews into the evening with the assistance of the District Attorneys Office and the State of California Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division. There were three other children in the home when this incident occurred.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Roberta Hopewell or Detective Patty Masson at 909-320-800.