SAN ANTONIO, TX — A 3-year-old taking classes at the Love to Swim School in San Antonio was found at the bottom of the deep end of the pool Saturday night while parents were taking part in a “date night” event. The boy, Mitchell Chang, died early Sunday morning, according to reports.
Police called the toddler’s death a “tragic accident,” and no one will be charged. The swim school is conducting an internal review.
The boy was found by members of the Love to Swim School staff about 7:45 p.m. Saturday and began performing CPR until an ambulance arrived. He died at North Central Baptist Hospital.
It’s unclear how long he had been in the pool, the Express-News reported.
During date night, parents drop off their kids at the swim school for swimming, arts and crafts, and a movie, KENS-TV reported.
Shawn Bearor, who has dropped his 6-year-old off for the parents’ night out event for the past three years, told KABB-TV that though he didn’t know all of the circumstances of the boy’s drowning, the accident “is still a pretty serious oversight” issue. He questioned “how that could happen in a relatively small pool.”
Love to Swim School released a statement Sunday to families:
“The Love to Swim School ownership, staff and families are devastated by the accident that occurred during Date Night Open Swim at our Stone Oak facility on Saturday evening, February 10, 2018. All our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Our hearts are heavy with grief. We will use all information gathered by the San Antonio Police Department, and our internal review, to make sure nothing like this can ever happen again. Teaching children to be safer in the water is the reason we exist and our ongoing mission. We will issue a further statement as our investigation yields.”
Patch file photo by Renee Schiavone