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January 28, 2015

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Coroner identifies 7-year-old drowning victim


The Clark County Coroner’s Office has identified a 7-year-old boy who apparently drowned in a North Las Vegas backyard swimming pool Saturday night as Ethan Wallace of Las Vegas.

The incident happened about 7:45 p.m. at a home in the 3100 block of Caribbean Blue Avenue, where a group of 30 to 50 people who worked together and their families were having a party, North Las Vegas Police spokesman Sgt. Tim Bedwell said.

He said about 20 people were in the yard and pool area when someone noticed the boy -- who had last been seen on a floating chair -- at the bottom of the pool.

A man at the party and the boy’s father jumped into the pool, dragged the child out and started administering CPR, Bedwell said. He was taken to Centennial Hills Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The coroner’s office hasn’t determined the boy’s official cause of death, but it appears to have been accidental, authorities said.

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