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7-year-old girl and her father drowned in swimming pool while at birthday party in Waldorf

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Posted at 11:41 AM, May 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-04 05:22:23-04

WALDORF — A 7-year-old girl and her father drowned in a swimming pool while at a birthday party in Waldorf.

On Saturday at about 5:58 p.m., Charles County Emergency Services received calls regarding multiple drowning victims in a pool at a home in the 1200 block of Jefferson Lane in Waldorf.

A Fire Unit from Station 3 in Waldorf with four personnel were the first to arrive on the scene. They saw three victims at the bottom of the pool and immediately jumped in to rescue them.

All three victims were removed from the water and CPR was initiated by Fire/EMS and a police officer. The victims were taken to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center where two of the victims, a 7-year-old girl and her 44-year-old father, were pronounced dead.

The third victim, a 17-year-old boy, was flown to Children’s Hospital Center in critical condition.

Two firefighters were injured during the water rescue and were transported to the hospital, treated and later released.

The initial investigation revealed the homeowners were hosting a birthday party. The victims were among the guests.

During the party, the 7-year-old girl jumped into an in-ground pool, which was uncovered and open. According to family, she did not know how to swim. Her father quickly jumped in to rescue her, but he was unable to swim.

The 17-year-old who was at the party observed what was happening and jumped in to help.

Detectives are in the process of positively identifying the child’s name. Her father has been identified as Haffis Olanrewaju Agboola of Hyattsville.

The 17-year-old is not being identified at this time. The investigation is continuing.