Police investigate suspected infant drowning at Hilo residence

Police are investigating the suspected drowning of an 11-month-old girl at a residence in Hilo.

Shortly after 9:30 a.m. this morning, South Hilo patrol officers and Hawaii Fire Department personnel responded to report of an unresponsive child found in a swimming pool at a residence on Maunakai Street.


Responding personnel learned that the infant and her 6-year-old brother were found by their mother in an inflatable pool with water approximately 1-foot deep, police said.

The infant was unresponsive. Family members began cardio-pulmonary resuscitation until medics arrive, according to police.

Fire department medics immediately assumed CPR on the infant as they began transporting her to the Hilo Medical Center. Life-saving measures continued at the hospital but were unsuccessful.

The victim was pronounced dead at 10:53 a.m.

Area I Criminal Investigation Division personnel responded to the residence and to the hospital to assist in this investigation.

Police have initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation, and an autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask anyone who may have information relative to this incident to contact Detective Zenas Pacheco with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2384, or email at zenas.pacheco@hawaiicounty.gov or the police departments non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

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