Child dies at Princeton Aquatic Center

Coroner: Drowning was cause of death
Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 10:11 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2021 at 5:23 PM CDT
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PRINCETON, Ind. (WFIE) - Indiana Conservation Officers say they are investigating after the body of a child was pulled from a Princeton Aquatic Center pool.

The incident happened around 8:41 p.m. Tuesday.

DNR officials say the child was found unresponsive in the pool, treated by EMS and taken to the hospital.

The child did not survive.

On Thursday afternoon, Gibson County Coroner Barrett Doyle released the preliminary autopsy results, saying the child’s cause of death was consistent with drowning. He says no other trauma was observed.

Officials say the investigation is ongoing.

14 News spoke to Princeton Police about the investigation Tuesday night. Police now say DNR is the lead agency on the investigation.

Conservation Officer Matthew Clark said they’re working with the police and coroner as the investigation moves forward.

The Princeton Aquatic Center posted it’s closed until further notice. Aquatic center officials say the splash park is open.

North Gibson School Corporation officials say they are offering counseling to parents of students and staff at Summer Explosion.

They say counselors and social workers are stationed at Princeton Community High School in the library to provide support to anyone in need.

Assistant Superintendent Eric Goggins said they want to make sure people have someone they can talk to.

“That’s the thing we stress that’s most important, they need to talk to someone,” Goggins said. “If we can be that person, we want to be that.”

They are available every day for the rest of the week from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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