Boy drowns in Manila condo pool

A 10-year-old Chinese boy drowned on Thursday in the swimming pool of the condominium where he and his family lived. The police, however, believe that the death of Wei Su Yan was an accident even though his parents have refused to have his body autopsied.

According to the report of case investigator SPO2 Jonathan Bautista of the Manila Police District's General Assignment and Investigation Section, the incident happened at the Mandarin Square on Ongpin Street in Binondo, Manila.

Bautista said that after the victim, who was accompanied by his nanny, came home from school around noon on Thursday, he refused to go up to his family's unit on the 12th floor.

Bautista added that the boy got off at the 7th floor after telling the nanny that he wanted to hang out in the gym. The nanny, on the other hand, went straight to the family's unit to drop off the victim's school bag.

While there, she called up his parents to tell them where he was, the police report said.

The nanny then went to get the boy but when he refused to come with her, she again called up his parents who then sent her out of the condominium on an errand.

The report added that all this time, the victim remained on the 7th floor where the condominium's covered outdoor pool was also located.

Bautista said that a janitor later found the boy floating motionless in the pool at 1:09 p.m.

He immediately alerted security guards who rushed the victim to Metropolitan Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

According to Bautista, the boy's parents have yet to decide whether or not to file charges against the management of the condominium.


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