8-year-old boy drowns in Assumption Parish

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Posted: May 25, 2010 6:15 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: May 25, 2010 7:13 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: boy, drowns, Assumption Parish, ordinance, changes

Eight-year-old Klyund Jones drowned in an abandoned pool yesterday evening in Assumption Parish.

The parish has an ordinance about property owners repairing or tearing down dangerous structures. Sheriff Michael Waguespack thinks the ordinance needs include a regulation for pools and bodies of water.

"If the land owner is not going to do it then we need to have teeth behind an ordinance that will make it happen," Sheriff Waguespack said.

The sheriff is meeting with the parish president to discuss adding the ordinance to the agenda for the parish meeting in two weeks.

Louis Edwards, the property owner, was sent two notices from the Assumption Parish Police Jury in 2009, one for the structure and one for the pool.

The one for the pool specifically asked the owner to have it filled in because it "poses a great danger to the neighboring children."

"I tried. I put up signs. I tried, but I was waiting on a building that's it," Edwards said.

Now, Edwards is working to cover the pool with boards so other children won't fall in. Parish officials say, if Edwards doesn't take care of it, they will step in, do the work and send him a bill.

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