BOSTON (CBS) – Two four-year-old children died in separate drownings on the Fourth of July.

The first incident happened in Groton around 7: 20 p.m. Monday.

Police were called to a home on Old Orchard Road for an unresponsive child. The boy was pulled from the pool and adults immediately began CPR. He was rushed to Nashoba Valley Medical Center where he passed away.

His name was not released.

In Lynnfield, four-year-old Sydney Vinci drowned at a pool during a holiday party at a friend’s house on North Hill Drive.

“She was found face down in a swimming pool at about 7:50 p.m. She was immediately removed from the pool and CPR was performed by a family member,” Lynnfield police chief David Breen said in a statement Tuesday.

Sydney was taken to Union Hospital where she died.

Comments (9)
  1. Mo says:

    Please watch children every second when they are in or near water.
    Accidents happen even when adults and lifeguards are present, but distracted.

  2. Angel says:

    Where were the adults during all of this? So sad

    1. walter razzaboni says:

      Great question. Very sad.. Completely avoidable..

  3. emom says:

    All children this young should have some sort of floatation device on. Never allow a small child in a pool with out it. Never walk away either. so sad …..

    1. elle says:

      Having been a lifeguard and swim instructor for more than 7 years, I would say that having a child with an adult in the water is far, far, far more improtant than the flotation device. Unless they have on a Coast Guard approved PFD the “floaties” are not designed to keep a child afloat and alive. And in fact, many of the common flotation devices actually hinder the child’s swimming development. The best things to do are get your child swim lessons, teach them water safety, and make sure they never have access to the pool without an adult, I think those things are far more important than some floaties… Hopefully other parents can learn from this tragedy.

  4. Jay Leonard says:


  5. jaygee says:

    A 4 year old visiting somebody’s house with a swimming pool and it’s quite obvious that somebody wasn’t paying attention. This type of drowning is so very preventable but the bottom line here is that this little girl was not being watched, period!

  6. JoEllyn Sullivan says:

    I am disgusted at some of these comments-How dare you blame anyone for an accident I guess it’s easy to be smug when your kids are at home with you!! As the mother of a 7 year old son who died in an accident, my heart breaks for Sydney’s parents and family.I hope none of you ever have to go thru this heartbreak.and have people who have no knowledge of the facts sit in judgement of you!

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