Saturday, June 16, 2018
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Seminole boy, 6, dies days after nearly drowning in family pool

SEMINOLE — The 6-year-old boy who nearly drowned after falling into his family's backyard pool last weekend died early Thursday morning, authorities said.

Matthew Dixon had been spraying water guns Saturday afternoon near the pool when he fell into the water and nearly drowned, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies reported that the incident appeared to be an accident and that there had been adults nearby while children played around the pool. Because the Sheriff's Office hasn't gotten results from the Medical Examiner's Office, however, the case remained open late Thursday, according to Cpl. Spencer Gross.

After Dixon fell into the pool, a 10-year-old girl tried to pull him out. She couldn't get to him, though, and summoned Dixon's 14-year-old brother to help. Matthew's mother, Kelley Woodward, and a neighbor performed CPR until Seminole Fire Rescue arrived.

Dixon died at 4:04 a.m. Thursday at All Children's Hospital.

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