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Toddler drowned Sunday in Morris pool

Published: Monday, June 16, 2014 8:54 p.m. CST

MORRIS – A toddler from Rockford drowned over the weekend while at a party in Morris.

Liam Vaughn, 3, son of Mark and Ashley Vaughn of Rockford, drowned in an above-ground pool while at a family party Sunday afternoon in Morris, Grundy County Coroner John Callahan said Monday.

“It is an unfortunate tragedy that brings up that constant reminder of how just a few seconds can be so fragile,” he said.

There were many family members in the backyard and several children in the pool at the time of the accident, Callahan said. The child’s mother went inside the home to check on another child, and the father was standing on a deck near the pool. The child had gotten out of the pool and taken his water floats off his arms to eat. 

“In just a brief moment, Liam apparently jumped back into the pool without the floats.  Within a moment, dad realized Liam was not by the food, and then saw his son face down in the pool,” Callahan said in a news release sent Sunday.

The boy’s father jumped in and retrieved his son, and he and his wife immediately began CPR. A 911 call was placed, and Liam was transported to Morris Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 4 p.m.

An autopsy confirmed the boy died of drowning, Callahan said.

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