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2-year-old boy who drowned in neighbor’s pool identified

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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. -- A 2-year-old boy died Saturday night after he was found in a neighbor's pool.

The Hamilton County Coroner’s Office along with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office determined the boy’s death was consistent with signs of an accidental drowning. He was identified as Drayson D. White.

Shortly before 6:30 p.m. Saturday, emergency crews were sent to the 18700 block of Northview Place on the north side of Noblesville.

Investigators say an aunt who was caring for the child was mowing when  she noticed the child missing.

The pool was surrounded by a fence. Drayson is believed to have accessed the pool through a loose portion of the fence or a gate that was not secure. He was found face down and unresponsive.

The boy was pronounced dead at Riverview Health a short time after the incident.

Swim experts say it only takes a few seconds for a child to drown and minutes for brain damage to kill a child.

Andrew Joseph, the area manager for Goldfish Swim School, says they start lessons as young as 4-months-old. The goal of infant swimming lessons is to teach them how to roll over in the water and where to swim if they fall into the water.

“They go into panic mode, don’t realize where they are, and swim out into the middle," Joseph said.

Joseph said learning how to swim is a life skill and parents should constantly keep an eye on their children without any distractions. While swim lessons aren't fool proof, Joseph said it's the best way to prevent drownings.

He encourages pool owners to take responsibility of the safety of their pool including purchasing an alarm that will sound with someone falls in and having adequate fencing and secure gates.