Teaneck, NJ – Child Reported Missing Found Drowned in Backyard Pool on Westervelt Pl

Teaneck, NJ – Child Reported Missing Found Drowned in Backyard Pool on Westervelt Pl

Teaneck, NJ (June 27, 2022) – A 7-year-old girl from Newark girl was reported missing not long before she was found at the bottom of a backyard pool in Teaneck that is rented out for parties by the owners. 

The Teaneck Police Chief stated that both neighbors and officers were frantically searching for the girl after she was reported missing on the evening of Sunday, June 26th. 

At about 6:00 p.m., the child was discovered at the bottom of an in-ground pool on Westervelt Place in the area of Teaneck Road. 

Responders performed CPR, then provided escort for an ambulance to Holy Name Medical Center. Life-saving attempts were unsuccessful and the girl died at 7:22 p.m. 

A source said the girl was last seen with her older cousin. It was not made immediately clear how they separated. 

The husband was ultimately the one who located the child’s body as neighbors and police scoured the area for her. He commented that someone else had already checked the pool twice and said they didn’t see anything. 

According to the company website, the owners of the home have been renting their backyard pool out for private parties for over a year on the Airbnb-styled app Swimply.

The pool’s dimensions are 40’ x 20’ and its depths range from three feet to eight feet. It is described as being infant and child friendly, and having security cameras, said the now-removed posting. The owners of the pool, a couple in their 60s, are highly praised on the website by previous renters. 

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.

Liability for Drownings in New Jersey

Teaneck, NJ - Child Reported Missing Found Drowned in Backyard Pool on Westervelt Pl

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is just one of many federal agencies tasked with tracking drowning accidents in the United States. Their findings have highlighted some apparently common causes of many water-based deaths, including those resulting in fatalities, the most notable of which are:

  • Lack of or inadequate swimming ability 
  • Lack of, inadequate, or improperly trained supervision
  • Intoxication
  • Lack of or poorly maintained personal floatation devices
  • Individual health issues

While death by drowning is certainly the direst ending a day at the pool can have, there are many other kinds of serious personal injuries that can happen. The ones most commonly seen in New Jersey include:

  • Head trauma/Traumatic brain injuries
  • Multiple bone breaks and fractures
  • Electrical shock/Electrocutions

When taking into account the severe consequences of almost any pool-related incident, it is understandable that injured victims or their surviving relatives want both justice and compensation.   

Based on the circumstances surrounding the incident, there are numerous legal actions one could take. Bringing a personal injury claim is the way injured parties usually try to recoup their losses. Bringing a wrongful death claim might also be a prudent response to a fatal drowning. 

It may also be the case, as it sometimes is, that the negligence of more than one entity or person contributed to the drowning. The laws that govern drowning deaths in New Jersey are complicated, which is why those considering seeking compensation for one are urged to seek the advice of a personal injury attorney.

Our lawyers work tirelessly to make sure that victims and their surviving family members have their legal rights defended so they can move on after a serious or fatal accident. Contact a New Jersey premises liability attorney at Metro Law by calling (800) 460-6476 to see how we can help you.

Notes: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified. If you have identified any false information in the story or would like the post to be removed, please inform us immediately, and we will correct the information or remove the post. 

Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Metro Law strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene.