3-year-old drowns in backyard swimming pool

UNION Parish - A 3-year-old boy has drowned in a backyard swimming pool, according to the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office.
 
The child was found unresponsive on June 1 in the pool behind the house where his family lived on a poultry farm near Spearsville, sheriff’s investigators reported.
 
The boy, Mitch Lara, son of Juana Mezhua, was given CPR at the scene by first responders from the Spearsville Volunteer Fire Department and Pafford Ambulance Service.
 
The youth was later pronounced dead at Reeves Memorial Hospital in Bernice, according to sheriff’s investigators.
 
 
Investigators said the family members, who could not speak English, were living in the house and worked at a nearby poultry farm.
 
There was a fence around the pool, but the gate was down and broken, the report stated.

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