Murder detectives investigating the death of a 9-year-old autistic boy, who was found dead in a public swimming pool hours after he went missing during an outing with his mother and siblings
- Murder detectives investigate the death of a boy with autism who was found dead in a public swimming pool in California for hours after being reported missing
- The body of Zavire Dion Portis, 9, was discovered in the public swimming pool of Inglewood
- He was with his mother and two brothers and sisters on Sunday when he strayed & # 39;
- His brothers and sisters would have special needs and Zavire was in foster care
Murder detectives investigate the death of a boy with autism who was found dead in a public swimming pool in California for hours after he was reported missing.
The body of Zavire Dion Portis, 9, was discovered in a swimming pool in a 55-hectare Inglewood park on Sunday at 9:30 PM, after straying from his mother's car just before 4:00 PM.
Lieutenant Neal Cochran claimed that the boy's mother got out of the car to get water from the fountain, and when she returned, the boy's two brothers and sisters said he had strayed.
The body of Zavire Dion Portis, 9, (photo), was discovered in a swimming pool in a 55-hectare Inglewood park at 9.30 pm after he left his mother's car just before 4 pm Sunday.
Reportedly, local kids from the neighborhood went to the pool at Inglewood Park to swim when they discovered the young boy's body and pulled him out of the water
Authorities began searching Edward Vincent Jr. Park in the 700 block of E. Warren Lane after asking the public for help in searching for Zavire, who was non-verbal. The tragedy took place in Inglewood Park Pool.
The police had used a K9 and a helicopter to search the area, but could not find the boy.
Sunday at 9.30 pm park rangers told us that the body of a child was in the pool. Officers recovered the body and Zavire was identified by family members.
NBC Los Angeles reported that neighborhood kids went to the pool to swim one night, and found Zavire at the bottom.
The child's father, Zedric Portis, (photo), said his son was a foster family and visited his mother in the park when the tragedy occurred
Sunday at 9.30 pm park rangers told us that the body of a child was in the pool. Officers recovered the body and it was identified by family members
The children told officers that they went into the water and pulled his body to the surface, but he was already dead.
They were unable to provide researchers with information because they are also children with special needs, ABC7 reported.
The child's father, Zedric Portis, said his son was a foster family and visited his mother in the park when the tragedy occurred.
He said to NBC Los Angeles: “It's hard for me to accept it, I can't believe it, you can't even get into it. He was nine years old.
& # 39; He was kind, kind, he had a good mind, he couldn't talk, but I learned to communicate with him and everything else. & # 39;
Family members wonder how the boy entered the pool when it was closed because he could not have climbed a seven-foot fence
The police had used a K9 and a helicopter to search the area, but could not find the boy
Police said the drowning was probably an accident, but they went to investigate all possible roads.
Inglewood investigators have taken control of the investigation, police confirm.
& # 39; On behalf of the city of Inglewood, I give condolences and prayers to the family of Zavire Dion Portis, a 9-year-old child who died yesterday in accidental drowning in Edward Vincent Park, & # 39; said Mayor James T. Butts of Inglewood in a ruling.
Family members visited the park on Tuesday and said they were looking for answers about how the boy had access to the swimming pool that would have been closed at that time.
The claim that he could not only have climbed a seven-meter-high iron gate. Family members also told the outlet that they had last seen Zavire with his mother a month ago.
Zavire & # 39; s Aunt Kim Portis said: & # 39; I just want to know how he got in there. How did he get in there? We went around this entire pool. Everything is locked up. How did he climb that gate? & # 39;
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