2-year-old foster child of Sand Springs police officer drowns at home

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. - A 2-year-old child drowned Tuesday morning at a home in Sand Springs.

Deputy Chief of Police Mike Carter says officers were dispatched to the home near Barr Street and Overholt Drive for a possible drowning.  Upon arrival, they found the toddler, who had already been pronounced dead by paramedics.

Carter says the toddler was the foster child of one of the responding police officers, whose wife was home with the children when she realized the toddler made it outside and was in the pool.

Carter says the foster mother pulled the toddler from the water and attempted CPR, but when paramedics arrived the child was pronounced dead.

The medical examiner will determine the child's cause of death.

Carter says the officer and his wife are foster parents to three children, including the toddler, and one of the other children is related to the victim.  All three children were placed in the officer's home by the Department of Human Services.

The Sand Springs Police Department and DHS have launched an investigation into the drowning.  Meanwhile, DHS has removed the other two children from the home while the investigation is underway.

Police have not released any names involved in the case.

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