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Investigators identify child found floating in motel pool

Posted at 12:47 PM, Aug 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-29 20:28:55-04

DOSWELL, Va. -- Investigators identified the child found floating unresponsive in a pool at the Days Inn in Doswell -- across the street from King's Dominion -- Saturday afternoon as five-year-old Giovanne Samuel Ofuso Antwi, of Dumfries, Virginia.

The child was found at 2:45 p.m. and later pronounced dead at VCU Medical Center.

"Investigators continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident," Hanover Sheriff’s Office Sgt. James Cooper said. "[we] are working with the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death."

The family were guests at the La Quinta motel, which is next to the Day's Inn. Motel workers first saw the child in the pool and called 911.

A Day's Inn housekeeper on the second level looked down and saw the child, according to motel management. She then called down to the office and they contacted 911 and ran outside to the pool. Management said the child was lifted from the pool and chest compressions administered.

"Once deputies and medical personnel arrived on scene CPR was immediately began," Cooper said.

Day's Inn management said they are heartsick about the death.

It is unknown how the child got into the pool, which has a lock on it that is too high for a kid to reach.

La Quinta did not comment for this story, per management's policy.

Anyone with additional information about the child's death was asked to call the Hanover Sheriff’s Office at 804-365-6140 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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