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Mother whose son drowned sues Houston apartment complex

A Houston mother is suing after her young son drowned in a swimming pool at an apartment complex. The Texas mother is suing the owners and managers of the Trails at Dominion Park Apartments on Dominion Park Drive in Spring. The woman's son was tragically killed in an accident at the swimming pool inside of the complex on May 19.

The 6-year-old was invited to the pool but drowned sometime that day. Attempts to resuscitate him after he was discovered on the bottom of the pool were unsuccessful. The woman's lawsuit claims that when her son died, there were too many people in the pool and the water was 'murky and cloudy,' which made it impossible to notice a young child drowning. She alleges that the owners and managers of the complex did not provide safe water to swim in or proper safety equipment.

She also alleges the owners failed to appropriately display safety rules around the pool or warn the little boy of the potentially dangerous water. In addition to her initial claims, she also stated there were not enough ladders around the pool to allow for an easy exit, nor were there flotation safety lines designating where the shallow side ended and the deeper side began. She is seeking economic and exemplary damages of an unspecified amount plus an additional $750,000.

It is always a tragedy when someone is killed in an accident, but when a child dies, the incident can seem amplified. There is no way to ease the grief of the mother in this Texas drowning, but a successful wrongful death claim may provide her with some sense of justice while seeking to hold the owners fully accountable for their alleged negligence. If the claims in her lawsuit are substantiated, it may help prevent others from suffering the same sad fate as the boy.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "Mother of boy who drowned in pool suing apartment owners," Carol Christian, June 2, 2012

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