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Child Dies Days After He Was Pulled from Aquia Harbour Swimming Pool

NORTH STAFFORD, Va. — A child found lifeless in a swimming pool and later taken to a hospital for treatment has died.

A patron of the Aquia Harbour swimming pool pulled 4-year-old Rico Rivera-Brayshaw from the water at 7:34 p.m. Sunday after he was found floating the pool, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy. Lifeguards at the pool began CPR on the child and fire and rescue crews summoned to the pool then took over, added Kennedy.

The child was later taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond where he died on Tuesday. A witness told Potomac Local News the child appeared to be lifeless once pulled from the swimming pool.

A GoFundMe page entitled “In Memory of Rico” has been established to assist the family with funeral costs to bury the child. The fund had reached more than $1,200 by 2 p.m. Thursday.

Today, in Aquia Harbour, was the first day the swimming pool reopened on their regular schedule. The gated community’s police chief Patricia Harman said lifeguards at the pool received additional training prior to the swimming pool resuming normal hours.

“As a result of incident analysis some procedures have been changed to enhance safety. In addition, our lifeguards have received refresher training and critical incident support,” Harman stated on Aquia Harbour’s Facebook page.

Harman’s small police department handed over the investigation into the incident to the larger Stafford County Sheriff’s Office. That office asked for the community’s thoughts and prayers for the child’s family at this difficult time.

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