Issah Lopez, age four, found dead in Thornton pool

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Photos, video below.
Anyone with small children knows how naturally they're drawn to water -- and they've felt the fear that a single moment's inattention could result in horror.

That's what happened yesterday to the family of Issah Lopez, age four, who was found dead in a community pool located in Thornton.

Below, see what we know so far about the incident and a little boy who didn't survive to receive a special gift from his uncle: a mini-pool of his own.

At 2:56 p.m. on Sunday, according to the Thornton Police Department, police and fire personnel were called to the Pine Lakes Ranch Mobile Home Community's clubhouse pool, located at 4210 E. 100th Avenue.

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A baby photo of Issah.
The report: a possible child drowning victim.

By the time authorities arrived, people at the pool had removed the boy from the water and initiated CPR, but to no avail. The boy could not be revived.

TPD rep Officer Matt Barnes notes that the child was at the pool with "numerous" family members among the sort of throng you'd expect on a hot pre-summer day -- approximately fifty people. Yet somehow, he managed to get from the child pool to the adult pool without anyone noticing until he was floating at the surface, face down.

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The scene of the tragedy.
The police stress that the investigation remains open, meaning there's at least the possibility of neglect charges in the case. Likewise, autopsy results are pending on the boy, who has not yet been officially identified. However, family members subsequently ID'd him to 9News as Issah Lopez.

The station spoke with Chris Barnett, his uncle, who says Issah had a habit of taking off his life preserver at pools, so he could be like the big kids.

Barnett wasn't present at the pool yesterday. But he showed a 9News correspondent a present he'd purchased for Issah due to the boy's love of playing in the water:

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Chris Barnett with his gift for Issah.
The family is understandably bereft at this terrible loss, but Barnett chose to step forward anyhow in order to convey one simple message: "Watch your children."

Look below to see the 9News report.

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16 comments
Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Insurance, insurance, and MORE insurance !!!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Please PEOPLE !!! WTF !!!???

I couldn't sleep last night & took a cab over to poolside . It was quite late, or early depending how you look at it, and as I came up to a stack of small stuffed animals, I lost my composure . 4 yrs YOUNG ! With being crippled and constantly driven mad w/ pain, I would've submerged myself under the water if it allowed the boy to emerge safely w/o a 2nd thought !.....

Harusami Is
Harusami Is

This is so true. No one paid a bit of attention when I jumped into the deep end at Celebrity Sports Center when I was 3 or 4.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Cognitive_Dissident  Absolutely ! I'm still fighting w/ my emotions & I don't know anyone from the family . IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO LOOK AFTER THE CHILDREN !!!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Harusami Is  ... yet her you are, Darwinism in action.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident  

What's the deal w/ you guys ? I've got more info from the two of you than the rest of the publication and yet, you go on at one another resembling sore relatives . Maybe an extra bong wouldn't hurt, Hotay .

siiyb
siiyb

@DonkeyHotay

DonkeyHotay 3 hours ago

@Harusami Is  ... yet her you are, Darwinism in action.



FAIL. QUIT SUCKING YOUR BONG, STONER.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@siiyb @DonkeyHotay  

Hotay, THESE are the idiots you ignore ! Anyone who reads contributors like yourself to check for grammar errors, hasn't any business being recognized or due any kind of response !.....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@siiyb ... admit it ... your dick is a little hard right now, isn't it?


siiyb
siiyb

@DonkeyHotay@siiyb 

"

DonkeyHotay 29 minutes ago

@siiyb = clueless dipshit

Darwinism = survival of the fittest

Think about it, moron."

I'll think about how you're the clueless dipshit who still hasn't noticed their moronic spelling error. Keep failing, you chump bitch.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@siiyb = clueless dipshit

Darwinism = survival of the fittest

Think about it, moron.


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