Press Release of 5 Year Old Child Drowning on Russell St.

Press Release of Chief Joseph Solomon

On Sunday May 31, 2015 at approximately 12:39 P.M.  Methuen
Police and Fire responded to number 3 Russell Street, Methuen For a report of a
missing child, who could not be located and believed to have fallen into a

Emergency responders searched a back yard built in pool that was
covered. The pool water was dark and murky as responders searched in zero
visibility for the child. At Approximately 13:00 hours a 5 year old child was
located.   The 5 year old was transported to Lawrence General
Hospital by Methuen Fire Department Ambulance and was declared deceased at
approximately 2:27 P.M.

During the rescue a Methuen Fire Fighter sustained facial injuries
when he fell on the slippery stairs leading into the pool.

Preliminary information revealed the in-ground pool was covered
and had not been used in several years.   The child was being watched
by a 15 year old babysitter.   It appears the child exited the house
unknowingly and stepped onto the cover and fell in.      

The incident is currently under investigation by the Methuen
Police and Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to The Essex County
District Attorney’s Office.