Tulsa Police: 5-Year-Old Accidentally Drowns

Monday, June 8th 2020, 5:40 pm
By: Mallory Thomas

TULSA, Okla. -

Several people drowned this weekend in Green Country as more people look to cool off in lakes and pools as the temperatures continue to climb.

Tulsa Police Sergeant Mark Kraft with TPD Child Crisis Unit said it's unfortunate, but every summer they receive calls about children drowning. 

“There have been two or three in the past week which is concerning. It’s always tragic when children drown or fall in a lake or pool. A lot of times it’s preventable. It’s just really tragic when that happens," said Sgt. Kraft.

Tulsa officer said two young children got out of an apartment while their parents were sleeping. The three-year-old did not get into the pool, but the five-year-old did and drowned.

“There was a fence around the pool. They somehow managed to get around the gate. One of them either fell in or jumped in and unfortunately drowned," said Sgt. Kraft.

Sgt. Kraft said it's important to teach children about life preservers and floaties if they're going to be near water.

“Educate your kids about the dangers of the pool and how it can be fun and relaxing and refreshing, but it’s very dangerous and kids really need to be aware of those dangers," said Sgt. Kraft. “Just to educate them about what to do and what not to do and not to get in the water without an adult around.”

He said the drowning on Sunday was accidental and they don't expect any charges to be filed against the child's parents.