Child Drowns in Hotel Pool


In St. Louis County, a 9-year-old boy drowned that afternoon at the Pear Tree Inn on Market Street near downtown St. Louis, and his twin brother was also pulled from the hotel’s indoor pool and hospitalized.

On October 5, 2013, police identified the boy that drowned as Laron Snelson and his brother, Derrone Snelson, is listed in critical and unstable condition at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.

Hotel guest Kevin Shelton, age 29 and of Peoria, Illinois said he had just checked in when he heard screams for help from the pool area, located off the lobby on the first floor of the hotel.

A hotel employee was working on one boy, and Shelton began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the other.

The boys were in the pool area with other family members, including their mother and a 14-year-old brother, according to police and Shelton.

The case has been turned over to the Police Department’s child abuse division

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