LAND O'LAKES — A 15-month-old boy drowned in a backyard swimming pool Tuesday afternoon while his parents — paid laborers — were busy doing work on the house, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.
Cristian D. Rivera was gone about 10 minutes before his parents realized he was missing and found him in the pool shortly before 4 p.m., sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said.
The boy's parents had been working all day at the home at 22216 Magnolia Trace Blvd., in the Willow Bend subdivision. The door to the pool enclosure had been left open while the parents pressure washed the enclosure and painted the outside of the house, Doll said.
The Sheriff's Office did not release the parents' names, but said they are from Mexico and had been staying with friends in Tampa because they did not have their own home. Doll said the couple knew the homeowner at the house where they were working.
Tuesday evening, a man and woman stood sobbing in the driveway of the house. They drove away in a green Dodge Caravan with crosses hanging from the rearview mirror.
The boy was taken to University Community Hospital in Tampa, where paramedics attempted to revive him.
The Hillsborough Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death, Doll said, but foul play is not suspected.
Carlos Brisno, who said he lived at the home, declined to talk to a reporter Tuesday.