HOPE MILLS, N.C. (WNCN) – A 2-year-old child who was pulled from a pool Thursday at a home in Hope Mills has died, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said.
Authorities said Jacob Hoagland used a doggie door to get to the pool behind a house on Alexwood Drive.
Deputies arrived at the home around 9 a.m. to find Hoagland’s father performing CPR on the child.
Authorities said CPR was performed on the 2-year-old for the entire ride from the house to the hospital.
The child was pronounced dead at 9:25 a.m.
Homicide Detectives and Department of Social Services have started investigations into the drowning.
One neighbor, Mandy Campbell, said she had been concerned about the toddler because of safety issues she saw with the pool.
“There’s a deck that comes right to the top [of the pool] and then the ladder has been floating in the pool for years now, in the middle of it,” she said. “There’s no protective security gate around it…I think you’re supposed to have that if you have children. You’re supposed to put a gate there.”
Cumberland County regulations require that backyard pools have gates around them.
Deputies said it’s too early at this time to know if the home violated those rules.
Officials said that if any charges are filed they will likely be neglect charges.