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Toddler drowns Raleigh backyard pool

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RALEIGH, Tenn. (FOX13) -

A 2-year-old boy died Wednesday afternoon at an area hospital after falling into a backyard pool in Raleigh, police said.

A man tried to save the child. He jumped into the pool and performed CPR but it was too late.

The accident happened just after 4:30 p.m. in the 4700 block of Rolling Meadows Drive.

According to preliminary information, police were told the toddler walked out of the house while his mother was sleeping.

According to police, the mother woke up some 30 minutes later and noticed her twin toddlers were missing. She was able to find one of them but was unable to find the second child.

It's not clear how long the child had been in the pool before the rescue attempt.

After noticing a window screen partially removed, family members and police checked outside for the missing child. A relative of the child located him in the swimming pool and pulled him out of the water.

One officer performed CPR on the toddler until paramedics arrived.

The child, identified as Courtland Thompson, was taken to an Methodist North Hospital in critical condition and was later pronounced dead.

Wednesday evening Memphis police investigators were going through the house and interviewing witnesses, trying to figure out how this happened. MPD's felony response team and homicide investigators are leading the investigation.

Neighbors were shaken by the news as the street is filled with families.

Investigators say there were no barriers around the pool and no pool cover.

The accident remains under investigation. There is no word on potential criminal charges.


FOX13 News reporter Matt Gerien contributed to this report.

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