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4-year-old boy dies after being found in West Side pool

July 7, 2018 GMT

A 4-year-old boy died Friday afternoon after being found in a neighbor’s pool on the West Side.

The boy has been identified as Markus Marsh by the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Markus initially went missing at about 2 p.m. in the 7400 block of Kentisbury Drive, according to the San Antonio Police Department.

A relative who noticed he was missing flagged down an off-duty police sergeant, who was driving in the area, to help the family in searching the neighborhood, police said.

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When they checked the next-door neighbor’s backyard, where there is a pool, they found Markus in the water.

They immediately pulled him out, and the sergeant began performing CPR, police said. First responders also assisted in CPR until EMS took him to a local hospital.

Police said the boy later died at the hospital. Marsh would have turned 5 years old Saturday.

The investigation is ongoing, and police have not said if any charges will be filed.

The neighborhood has privacy fences separating the backyards.

Earlier this week, the Department of Family and Protective Services issued a warning that the numbers of young children drowning are higher than average for the past decade in Bexar County and statewide.

Bexar County specifically has had more child drownings in the first half of 2018 than in most recent years, with three deaths occurring earlier this year.

Those three cases involved boys drowning in community and backyard pools. A Kerr case from earlier this year involved a girl drowning in a pond. All four children were 3 or younger, according to a report.

Bexar reported two child drownings in 2017 and 2015 and three in 2016 and 2013.

In 2014, five children drowned.

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Staff Writer Brian Contreras contributed to this report.