INDIO: One-year-old dies after being pulled from backyard pool

INDIO — Officials are investigating the drowning death of a toddler who died after being found floating in the backyard pool of a private residence in Indio. The drowning happened on the 43500 block of Brahea Court, according to fire and coroner officials.

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Sunday’s drowning was the first of two fatal, pediatric-related drowning deaths to happen in the Coachella Valley within two days. The second death happened Monday afternoon, Jan. 15, in nearby Palm Desert, after another child’s lifeless body was pulled from a backyard pool.

At least seven homes on Brahea Court have backyard pools and there are countless other pools within the quiet, residential neighborhood where the incident occurred. It was not immediately known how the toddler ended up in the pool or if the home had a fence or other protective barrier around the pool.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s officials later identified 1-year-old, Diego Torres as the victim who died Sunday evening, Jan. 14, after being rushed to an area hospital.

Emergency first responders were dispatched to the home just after noon on Sunday, after receiving a frantic 911 call from a person who had found Torres’ lifeless body floating in the residential pool.

By the time officials arrived, the toddler had already been pulled from the pool and he was transported by ground ambulance to Indio’s John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, where he later died.

Indio PD is investigating the cause of the tragic death. Their investigation is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Indio PD at (760) 391-4057. Callers can refer to incident file number 1801I-2246 and can remain anonymous.


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Trevor Montgomery, who recently moved from Riverside County to Shasta County, runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 27 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 14 grandchildren.


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