4-year-old dies after being found in hot tub during party

30 Jul

LAGUNA HILLS – A 4-year-old girl was pronounced dead one day after she was found unresponsive in an apartment complex hot tub during a birthday party.

About 60 people attended the party Saturday night at the Alicia Plaza Apartments in the 25000 block of Stockport Street, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Investigators believe the girl was not seen for about 15 minutes before she was discovered in the water.

Deputies and paramedics were called to the apartment complex at about 8 p.m. Saturday, after 4-year-old Ellison Susman was found unresponsive, Amormino said. The girl was at the birthday party with her mother and sister.

Paramedics performed CPR and the girl was taken to Kaiser in Irvine, he said. She was then taken to Children’s Hospital of Orange County in Orange.

It was not immediately clear if anyone had been assigned to watch the water or the children around the pool area, Amormino said.

“Unfortunately no one saw what happened,” he said. “It appears to be a tragic accident.”

The girl was pronounced dead Sunday night.



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