Chicago boy dies after jumping fence, drowning in Lansing pool

2012-06-29T11:35:00Z 2012-06-30T03:09:18Z Chicago boy dies after jumping fence, drowning in Lansing poolBy Lauri Harvey Keagle, (219) 852-4311

LANSING | A 9-year-old Chicago boy who died Thursday night in Lansing apparently drowned after going with other young family members to a residential pool without adult permission, officials said.

Lansing police were called at 6:30 p.m. to a home in the 3500 block of 183rd Street for a report of an unresponsive child. When officers arrived, they learned Christian Reese was staying with his grandmother.

The child along with two family members, ages 10 and 11, jumped the fence of the neighbor's home next door and went swimming in the pool.

Police said the homeowner was in the shower and heard pounding on the door and screams. The homeowner opened the door an heard the other children screaming that Reese was underwater.

The homeowner dove into the pool and pulled out Reese. The child's grandmother next door also heard the screams and called 911.

Police said the boy had been under water for several minutes when emergency crews arrived.

Emergency responders tried to revive Reese without success, Police Chief Dennis Murrin said.

"It's very difficult for our guys," Murrin said, adding that many have young children themselves. "It's just very unfortunate."

Reese was pronounced dead at 7:17 p.m. at The Community Hospital in Munster. P.J. Adams, chief deputy coroner for the Lake County coroner's office, said an autopsy was conducted Friday morning but the cause of death is still listed as pending.

"We need to make sure we cover all our forensic bases," Adams said. "The autopsy is not showing any signs of foul play."

Murrin said he anticipates the cause of death will be declared accidental drowning.

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