Tuscany Hills: Child in Critical Condition After Drowning

The near drowning was reported at 6:49 p.m. at the Tuscany Hills Recreation Center Pool.

A 5-year-old child was in critical condition Tuesday after drowning in a Lake Elsinore pool, authorities said.

The near drowning was reported at 6:49 p.m. at the , according to CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department.

The child was transported by ground ambulance to a regional trauma center in critical condition, Riverside County Fire Department Spokesperson Jody Hagemann said.

Sgt. David Sanches of the Lake Elsinore Police Department said when officers arrived, "Cal Fire was administering life-saving aid to a five-year-old juvenile that was found unresponsive in the pool."

"The Lake Elsinore Police Department would like remind everyone of the importance of pool safety," Sanches said. 

Anyone with additional information regarding the incident may contact Deputy Giles or Investigator Holder at the Lake Elsinore Station at 951-245-3300 or Central Dispatch at 951-776-1099.

Editor's Note: This post was updated with information from the Lake Elsinore Police Department, such as the child's age.

jill smith August 10, 2012 at 03:53 PM
No that is what you said, ,take care get some rest, and I hope your son is better today.
jill smith August 10, 2012 at 03:57 PM
@ Deputy J I agree, those delays determine the outcome every second counts.
Just Facts August 10, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I just read the entire line of comments and it is very sad. When a tragedy happens many fingers are pointed. Not one person is pointing the right direction. Everyone of the female pool monitors at TH is CPR Certified (no speculation on my part...I am one). None of the 45 comments above tells an accurate story or elludes to the real breakdown causing this horrible accident. A little boy's life was devestatingly changed forever, that is a fact, and we can all agree on that.
Mykael IRIE August 10, 2012 at 08:42 PM
some guy August 10, 2012 at 08:56 PM
@ Deputy J, "One experience I have had with one of these so called "monitors" was when she made me and my kids get out of the pool for a 10 minute "pool break." At the end of the 10 minutes my kids and I went to get back into the pool. The pool monitor quickly yelled at us to get out. I told her it had been 10 minutes and her response was " it's been 9 minute and 30 seconds." I could not believe it. They are so quick to abuse their authority when it over something stupid and cowards when it comes time to take real action. I guess thats why these people are monitors and security guards and not life guards and police officers." that is excatly what im saying, they try so hard to boss people around the pool, yet when it comes time to TAKE AHOLD OF A SITITUATION they DONT,
some guy August 10, 2012 at 08:57 PM
PM= Phony Monitors
Mykael IRIE August 10, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I'm glad to hear that E.J is doing better. My husband and two daughters were there when this tragedy occurred and after hearing about this accident all could do was pray for EJ and his family. The family discovered that EJ had drowned in the water and it was EJ's family that worked to give him life saving CPR. The TH staff showed no involvement or interest in the safety or outcome of the child's injuries. The "pool monitor" actively did nothing. Her responsibilities include CPR and First Aid yet she stood there monitoring and observing the rescue and life-saving technique and quick responsive action of the family. Thank God EJ' aunt had the proper training and noticed EJ and was able to save him. My Prayers Go Out to EJ and His Family!
Teller of Truth August 10, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Looking back on the comments above, weren't you the first one to call the monitor a lifeguard? Weren't you the one that stated that the Aunt did NOT know CPR, when in fact she was all over it? If the Aunt was already doing the CPR, what did you expect the monitor to do? You weren't even there. I believe that your inaccurate reporting on this matter, has caused some confusion that really was quite needless.
Sour Patch Kid August 11, 2012 at 08:03 AM
Nothing like "strict" and "family friendly!" "Hey kids, leave your toys at home because you might laugh and have fun. Wouldn't want you to be a nuisance. Look over there, a 'wild crowd' of elementary school kids. Honey, we should leave right now before a riot breaks out." A young girl was running from the pool to the bathroom at the rec center a little while back, with a bloody nose. This lady stops the girl at the bathroom door (upset she was running) and wants to see her key card while the girl just kept bleeding. Now we have this recent tragedy. I can't even begin to fathom what is must be like to see ANY five year old clinging to life, let alone my own. But wait minute, I have an idea... let's see if we can get the family to sign a legal waiver on the way out the gate. We'll say please... we'll let them keep the monogramed pen... because at "Tuscany Hills Recreation, we may be strict, but we're not unfriendly."
Katheryn August 11, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I would like to repeat the comment I made earlier this week. I would also like to say I do believe some HOA's and property management companies are responsible for problems at community pools. Many residents complain and their complaints are ignored. I am surprised someone hasn't drowned or been seriously hurt at the Alberhill Ranch Community Pool (private pool for the residents of Alberhill Ranch), the HOA Board (Castle & Cooke) and the property management company Keystone Pacific have been notified repeatedly about all the problems, teenagers drinking alcohol, smoking pot, all out mayhem, etc. etc.
Noah August 11, 2012 at 07:59 PM
What a very sad situation! A young boy had a tragic accident and so many are quick to point the finger. Who knows what happened to the little guy that caused him to become non responsive in the water. The truth is he was not breathing, he was pulled out of the water and life saving support was preformed immediately. Every person that was able did what they could do. There is so much speculation, so many things being said that is not true. One minute everyone is complaining about the rules being strict, the next minute something happens and the same people complain about not enough being done. Pool monitors at any pool in any city are there to enforce the rules and cannot perform CPR. Signs are posted that state the rules and remind us that there are no life guards on duty. Staff at any pool cares about each and every child and family that comes down that is why rules are important to be enforced as to try to make an environment that makes it less likely for accidents to happen. Every person is human and has feelings concerning this. 911 was called immediately, care was taken by staff, family and onlookers to respect the child and pray for this child and the family. Why try to find some one to blame when there was an accident? Accidents are just that an accident. Try to spend energy in how you can help make it safe at our community pools as well as praying for this family and this boy and anyone that may of witnessed this unfortunate accident. Many are hurting!
Constant Comment August 11, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Well said Noah! Spot on! And you would think that your statement should wrap it all up! (Sadly, it probably won't cause you're always gonna have that person who just wants to argue for arguements sake.) Then you get the ones that weren't even there putting in their 2 cents & adding falsehoods. You get the ones who read the truth & still twist it around. Kinda makes you wonder, don't it? Should be the end but don't be surprised if its not. A+ for the effort though! Its quite refreshing to read someone who can read thru all the bull & write something as articulate as you did! Good job!}~)
some guy August 12, 2012 at 07:37 PM
still trying to sweep it under the rug.... im sure that wont happen newbies
Constant Comment August 12, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Theres really nothing to be "swept under the rug' now is there? This little boy had an underlying medical problem that caused this unfortunate accident in the first place. The 'Aunt' immediately took charge & worked on him because she was certified to do so as well as being a relative. I think your energies might be better spent on wishing the little one a speedy recovery, instead of just stirring a pot.
Deputy J. August 12, 2012 at 10:22 PM
According to someone claiming to be a relative, the child passed on Friday. My prayers go out to the family. I pray that this will bring them closer together and that they may find peace and forgiveness in their hearts.
Mykael IRIE August 14, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Rename the T.H. Recreation Center after EJ since his life was lost there. Hey Tuscanny Hills, EJ deserves better than that! HE DESERVES BETTER FROM US TUSCANNY HILLS! ! ! IRIE.
Mykael IRIE August 14, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Constant were you there?
Mykael IRIE August 14, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Children are ALL of our responsibility; it takes a village to raise a child. Certain things are different now in this country that have been lost, like treating your neighbor as YOU would treat yourself. Life lessons lost if they are not taught at an early age. You see, to YOU, EJ is just some kid who drowned. IRIE, has read all of your comments and you appear to be intelligent to a certain degree. Probably, a grandparent or something, EJ passed away to a much better place to be with H.I.M: H.is I.mperial M.ajesty YESUS CHRIST, THE Conquering Lion of Judah Conquering Lion of Zion Friday. IRIE is all distraught right now. You see Constant, IRIE was there. IRIE had a little CPR training and it's killing my soul because IRIE failed to act! Maybe deep down inside, IRIE didn't act because IRIE felt it wasn't his responsibility, or maybe because IRIE saw EJ's auntie performing CPR the moment she heard the Lifeguard/Monitor/Whatever say: "Do I have permission to perform CPR". Nobody in the Office gave the monitor permission to perform CPR. When the Auntie got tired after 25 min of CPR and the Lifeguard/Monitor/Whatever said : "Does anybody else know CPR" at that point as a MAN, IRIE should have jumped in, but IRIE failed to do so, and I am so sorry for that. Perhaps if CHRIST was truly in IRIE's heart & mind I&I would have acted accordingly. So the Point is this: What would Christ do? What can we all do now EJ has now passed on? Let’s offer free CPR classes up at T.H. IRIE.
noah August 15, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Wow, wow, wow, so sad! Sad for the family, prayers for you all as you struggle thru this difficult time. How sad for all of you whom have such a struggle with the word accident. Rules of the pool, what are they? Lifeguard on duty? Pool monitors responsibilities? Families responsibilities? TH responsibilities? You seem to know but there are so many inaccuracies. Blame his health condition? Uh no, blame the family? Uh no, so who else do u blame TH? Uh no. Saying things that were never said that day, oh that really helps. Alluding to someone wanting a waiver signed, uh never happened. Police not called, a lie. Get off your high horse & pray. Who are we to question Gods plan & purpose for this young boys life. If you want to do something maybe a fundraiser to help the family pay for his funeral. Maybe an announcement to help bring awareness to this medical condition to make others aware so this doesn't happen to another child. This was a child of Gods, do him justice.
Constant Comment August 15, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Perhaps the 'actual' family can come back on here & report his condition. I really don't believe the gossip of some on here. Or how about a follow up Toni ?
Deputy J. August 15, 2012 at 01:54 AM
It has been confirmed to me that 5 year old EJ Porter has passed. A. Tusan posted the following on another site. "Thank you everyone who has offered well wishes, kind words, support and prayers. The family is in the process of making burial arrangements for ''E.J.''. They really need all the help the can get with these expenses. Anyone wishing to contribute please, please do so......No donation is too small........ Please call me directly 310-910-2874 or you can contact me via email @ annette.tusan1@aol.com "
Constant Comment August 15, 2012 at 02:13 AM
What site was that?
Deputy J. August 15, 2012 at 06:51 PM
It is a blog on nextdoor, open to only members of the Tuscany Hills Community.
Constant Comment August 15, 2012 at 07:17 PM
@ DJ, ok thanks for getting back.}~)
Deputy J. August 15, 2012 at 08:24 PM
some guy August 15, 2012 at 10:28 PM
very sad, i just seen the donation box, very said, RIP "lil one", life was cut short..
Mom August 16, 2012 at 05:37 AM
To lil E.J. 's family my heart and prayers go out you! May our Lord bring you peace and resignation. @Noah & Constant Comment I pray that you never have to go trough the pain, anger, sorrow this family is going trough..... You two would not be having soo many answers to what happened that day, if you were in that position!!!
cecilia October 16, 2012 at 05:33 AM
well accidents are accidents this was a horible accident but my prayers go out to the mom all the comments in the world cant bring ej back
cecilia October 16, 2012 at 05:43 AM
This is for all the sick comments nun of us can say we no how she feels because we dont..... the pain that the family has is never gonna go away.......i mean he was only five this shud b a lesson learned for the monitor who didnt give ej cpr.....wat if it was ur child how wud u feel?
KevWild October 16, 2012 at 06:04 AM
R.I.P. little one. :(


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