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Boy, 1, drowns in family pool in Spring Hill

SPRING HILL — An idyllic start to the summer at a gated golf course community was interrupted by tragedy Monday.

A family found their 1-year-old son in the family pool just after 11 a.m. at their home at 4571 Golf Club Lane in the Silverthorn community, off Barclay Avenue.

The toddler was unconscious and not breathing. Family members immediately tried to resuscitate him, as did numerous emergency workers, who flew him to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, but he never came back to life.

The boy, whose name had not been released by Monday evening, died at 11:48 a.m.

The Sheriff's Office ruled the death an accidental drowning, but agency spokeswoman Donna Black would not disclose any details on what happened.

At 2 p.m., Black said investigators were still preparing the report and she would not get an update until today.

The property owners, M. Rodwan and Salma Al-Kassas Hiba, could not be reached for comment.

M. Rodwan Hiba is a gastroenterologist with an office on Cortez Boulevard, just west of the Suncoast Parkway.

Yellow tape surrounded the family's large white home, adorned with stout front columns and a three-car garage, for much of the day.

The home is near the entrance to Silverthorn, directly across from the country club. Behind the home sits the sixth hole of the golf course.

From the back, onlookers could see the screened-in pool with a child-sized basketball hoop positioned next to the pool's edge.

But at midday, many golfers didn't even notice the tape and sheriff's deputies at the house until after they sank their putts and returned to their carts to record their scores on the long, tough par 4.

Times staff writer Michael Sanserino contributed to this report. John Frank can be reached at or (352) 754-6114.

Boy, 1, drowns in family pool in Spring Hill 05/26/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 3:35pm]
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