Police identify boy found at bottom of day camp pool

Thursday, July 13, 2006

County police have identified the young boy found at the bottom of the pool at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington on Wednesday morning as Elie R. Scott of Rockville. He was pronounced dead at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda later in the afternoon.

When county police and rescue units arrived on the scene around 11 a.m. Wednesday, certified lifeguards were already administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to the 7-year-old child, county police reported.

The child, a member of the Jewish Community Center day camp in Rockville, was one of five children taking the swimming lessons with a swim instructor. Approximately 15 to 20 children were in the pool. Two lifeguards were on duty, along with several other camp staff members at the pool, police said.

While supervising activity in the water, lifeguards saw the boy at the bottom of the pool in a 4-foot-deep section and a guard dove in. It is believed the boy was spotted very quickly, police said.

Two lifeguards helped pull him out of the water and began administering CPR while a 911 call was made, police said.

Police are continuing to investigate in keeping with the procedure for all sudden and accidental deaths. The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore.

Crisis response workers from Jewish Social Service Agency and from Montgomery County Crisis Center are providing support to the staff and preparing them to answer questions from children, said a letter to parents from JCC Chief Executive Officer Toni Goodman and President John VerStandig.

‘‘Out of consideration for the child’s parents, no further information is being released at this time,” they say in the letter.

Camp will continue tomorrow as scheduled.