A 12 year old boy dies while attending a birthday party

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - According to Calcasieu Coroner, Dr. Terry Welke, preliminary autopsy results indicate that the death of Joseph Staton was due to a drowning. The investigation is still ongoing.

Vinton police say 12 year old Joseph Staton of Opelousas died while he was attending a birthday party at the Delta Crossing apartment complex in Vinton. Parents realized he was missing, shortly after he was located at the bottom of the complex pool.

"There was a bunch of people around and he was playing in the pool. He went un-noticed for about ten to fifteen minutes, and that is when he was found at the bottom of the pool," said Scott Spell with the Vinton Police Department.

When emergency personnel arrived on the scene, they immediately tried to revive him.

"The child was found to be unresponsive. CPR was started on the child at that point. Despite attempts to resuscitate the child, they were unsuccessful. The child was pronounced dead," said Scott Spell.

The president of the company who owns the Delta Crossing apartment complex said, while this was a tragic accident, and that his thoughts and prayers go out to the family, they have no plans to close the pool area.

"Obviously, at a later date we will review all of the policies, and make sure they were carried out. But, at this point, I don't anticipate limiting residents renting the club house and using it for parties and activities," said Shawn Broderick with Tri-Star Management LLC.

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