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UPDATED: Toddler drowns at Osage pool

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A toddler drowned in a community pool over the weekend.  It happened Sunday at the swimming pool in Osage, that's in Mitchell County. 

The victim has been identified as two-year-old Ryan Detmering of Fort Dodge. 

Authorities are still trying to determine exactly how the drowning happened.  There were about 35 people at the pool Sunday afternoon, and the child's mother was in the water with him when he went under. 

But certainly for Osage, and community pools everywhere, it's a reminder that safety should always be the top priority.

The doors are closed to the pool at the Cedar River Center pool in Osage after the drowning.  And the facility will remain closed indefinitely, as authorities search for answers as to how a child could have drowned with so many eyes, including trained lifeguards, watching the pool.

"That's a good question.  That's part of the ongoing investigation.  Obviously, this is something none of us wanted to happen," said Steve Cooper with the Cedar River Center.

The toddler was in the pool's lazy river when something went wrong, causing relatives to get the attention of a volunteer lifeguard, who then alerted the on-staff lifeguards.  They performed CPR.  But after paramedics took the boy to the hospital, he died.  While the Cedar River Center says all of its safety procedures were followed, everything will be under scrutiny in an effort to prevent future tragedies.

"Safety is utmost.  We feel very confident that the procedures we have set in place are good.  But sure, whenever something like this happens, you're going to review the procedures you have," Cooper said.

And ultimately, the drowning in Osage may be a call to action for other pools to review their safety procedures, too.

Part of the ongoing investigation in Osage may entail looking at the pool structure to see if any equipment malfunction contributed to the child's drowning. 

Osage Police say they are not currently considering child negligence charges for any of the two-year-old's relatives.


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