No charges filed after child drowns in motel pool

Posted at 8:45 AM, Sep 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-01 08:47:07-04

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. — No charges will be filed in the drowning death of Giovanne Samuel Ofosu-Antwi.

The five-year-old Dumfries, Virginia boy was found floating in the pool at the Day’s Inn across the street from King’s Dominion on Saturday afternoon.

“After a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident, it has been determined that this was an accidental drowning,” Hanover Sheriff’s Office spokesman
Sgt. James Cooper said. “The Sheriff’s Office has consulted with the Hanover Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and no criminal charges will be forthcoming.”

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

He and his family were staying 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 CPR was administered.

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

“We ask that you keep the family affected by this tragedy in your thoughts,” Sgt. Cooper added.

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