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    Release Number: 19-362

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • September 28, 2019
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Affairs Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8060

    1 child deceased, another hurt in drowning incident

    A drowning incident on Saturday evening has left one juvenile deceased, another injured.


    Child recovering after near drowning at pool party

    A toddler is expected to make a full recovery after nearly drowning on Saturday afternoon at an apartment complex pool in Tampa.
    Giaonna Chavalier, 4, was one of two young girls who went underwater at the Wexford Park Apartments pool on Saturday. She and Harmony Williams, 3, took off their flotation devices while playing in the water despite not being able to swim. Witnesses spotted the girls, pulled them from the pool and began performing CPR until EMS arrived. Williams was pronounced deceased at Tampa Geneneral Hospital.
    As of Monday, Chavalier is no longer in critical condition at TGH. She is alert, breathing, and expected to make a full recovery.
    No charges have been filed related to this incident. No further information is available.

    Previously Released:

    Shortly after 5 p.m., deputies with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office were called to the Wexford Park Apartments located at 8203 Down Royal Rd in Tampa. A family was hosting a pool party in the apartment pool area with approximately 10 children and three adults in attendance.
    Two 3-year-old girls were among the children in attendance. While playing in the water, at some point the girls took off their flotation devices.
    According to witnesses, by the time adults realized the young girls, who could not swim, had gone under the water, several people rushed into help, pulling the girls from the pool and performing CPR until EMS arrived. Both girls were transported to a local hospital where one of the girls was pronounced deceased. The other girl is in critical condition.
    At this time, no one is facing charges.
    In his continued effort to promote swimming pool safety, Sheriff Chad Chronister released a PSA earlier this year with important advice for parents.

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