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Boy pulled from pool dies in hospital

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A 4-year-old boy has died after being pulled last Sunday from a swimming pool in the Aquia Harbour subdivision in Stafford County.

Stafford deputies responded to the subdivision around 7:30 p.m. that night for a report of a drowning.

Stafford Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said Tuesday that the boy, Rico Rivera–Brayshaw, was swimming in 3 feet of water.

A man pulled Rivera–Brayshaw from the pool after he was seen floating, according to Kennedy.

Stafford Fire and Rescue units performed CPR on the boy before he was transported to an area hospital. He was later transported to MCV Hospital in Richmond. He died on Tuesday.

“We are saddened to say that the 4-year-old male child passed away,” Kennedy said Thursday.

Brayshaw was from Stafford County.

“It is with heavy heart that I am so sorry to confirm that our little guy did not make it. Our hearts go out to his mother, his brother (age 5) and his family,” read a statement on the Aquia Harbour subdivision’s website that was posted by Chief P.S. Harman with the Aquia Harbour Police Department. “There are a lot of people suffering with the family; the adults and children at the pool that day, the lifeguards who performed CPR and kept him alive long enough to give him a fighting chance and of course any of you with young children and grandchildren.”

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