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Child injured in Jacksonville city pool leads to repairs

5:57 PM, Jun 10, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It is summer and the Jacksonville community pools are open.

"She was right there under the four foot sign," said Nareen Adams.

The rules for anyone using a public pool are very simple, said Adams: No jumping in the pool and no running around the pool. Adams said her three year old was abiding by the rules at the Emmett Reed Community Center.

"My daughter was playing at the pool," said Adams, "She was sitting on the side of the pool.

Adams said her daughter pushed off to take a swim and that's when it happened. 

"She said 'my leg is hurting' and her leg was cut open," said Adams.

The three year old was sitting on broken tiles near the edge, didn't realize it, and one of them cut her thigh open.

"My son wears a size ten Nike shoe," said Adams, "the cut was as long and as wide as that Nike check."

She has a bandage wrapped around her thigh. It is there to protect the 19 stitches she received at UF Health at Jacksonville.

Adams said she counted seven broken tiles around one end of the pool.

She filed an incident report with the city and with the police.

Adams said the police officer walked around the pool and found even more broken tiles.

"The police officer found 19 of those cracked tiles," she said 

The pool is still open. Adams wants to know why are children being exposed to a potential hazard in a city operated community pool?

"There's nothing that these kids could do, there's nothing that I could prevent, it is nothing the lifeguard could have prevented," said Adams, "They just need to get it fixed."

Pam Roman, spokesperson for JaxParks, said the city takes safety very seriously. Upon hearing about this incident, a pool supervisor was sent to investigate the concerns.

"He did identity the tile that needed repair and we have dispatched our pool maintenance to the site to correct," said Roman.

She said if they learn it will take more than a day to repair, they will close the pool until repairs are completed. 

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