2-year-old found dead at bottom of hotel pool in Beaufort

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By WTOC Staff

Published: Nov. 14, 2022 at 8:07 PM EST

BEAUFORT, S.C. (WTOC) - Beaufort Police are investigating after a two-year-old died at a hotel on Saturday, Nov. 12.

According to the Beaufort Police, officers responded to the Country Inn and Suites on Boundary Street at 3:50 p.m. after a report of a five-year-old walking around alone.

When police arrived, the 5-year-old was wet and the clerk said she thought the kid was coming from the pool, according to Lt. Charles Raley. Police went to the pool and found the child’s 2-year-old brother at the bottom. Officers attempted CPR, but were unsuccessful.

The children’s mother was found in a hotel room. There was a man in the room too, along with a 9-month-old kid that belongs to both the man and the woman, according to Lt. Raley. The mother is the parent to all three kids.

The 5-year-old and 9-month-old were taken in by the department of social services, according to Beaufort Police.

No charges have been filed at this time and the investigation is ongoing. The parents are being investigated for potential negligence.

After the autopsy Tuesday, the Beaufort County coroner confirmed that the cause of death was drowning and ruled the manner of death as accidental.

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