Two Danville children die following separate pool accidents

Two Danville children die following separate pool accidents

URBANA — Two Danville children who were found unresponsive in separate accidents in swimming pools earlier this week have died.

Eleven-year-old Survella Chapman was pronounced dead at 2:10 p.m. Wednesday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, and 3-year-old Brysom Dillon was pronounced dead at Carle at 5:13 p.m. Wednesday, according to Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup.

Northrup said autopsies were being scheduled and inquests may be held later.

Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said police are close to wrapping up their investigations into the incidents — at a private home on Monday evening and Crosspoint at the Y's pool on Tuesday afternoon.

"It does appear, in both instances, to be an accident," Thomason said, adding police are finishing up interviewing witnesses and other people.

He added that the girl's family members reported she did not know how to swim.

Police were called to Crosspoint at the Y, at 201 N. Hazel St., about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. When they arrived, the fitness center supervisor was conducting CPR on the girl at the pool, located in the basement of the facility.

Thomason said the Survella Chapman and her father had gone to the pool to swim and went to their respective locker rooms. When the father went to the pool, his daughter was on the bottom. She was immediately pulled out and fitness center employees were called for help.

The girl was taken to Presence United Samaritans Medical Center and then transferred to Carle.

Thomason said the pool does not employ a lifeguard. However, the pool area is posted with warning signs that no one under the age of 18 is allowed without a guardian.

Around 7:30 p.m. Monday, Danville fire and Medix personnel were called to a possible drowning involving the 3-year-old Brysom Dillon at a residence on Hampton Road, along the North Fork of the Vermilion River on the west side of town.

According to police, the child went outside after his evening meal. When another child asked his whereabouts, he was discovered in the family swimming pool.

The boy was taken to Presence United Samaritans before being airlifted to Carle.

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sophiew wrote on December 27, 2013 at 12:12 am

Children are very sensitive and so we should always be careful while taking them out anywhere. Recently two children's died after they were unresponsive for some time. They have died in serious accidents and was also not responding to the treatment being provided to them. They were from Danville. Still further investigations are being carried to find out the exact reasons behind the accidents.