PICTURED: Three-year-old boy who drowned in his backyard pool – and his family haven’t been able to bring themselves to return to home since
- A traumatised family hasn’t been able to return home after their boy, 3, drowned
- Mother Kylie Parker found her son Jake Anthony Botica unconscious in the pool
- Ms Parker is staying with her friend, while her two daughters are with their dad
A traumatised family has not been able to return home after their three-year-old boy drowned in their backyard pool.
Mother-of-three Kylie Parker was in the bathroom when her daughter told her the pool gate was stuck at their Geraldton home in Western Australia on February 23.
Jake Anthony Botica was found unconscious under water less than a minute after Ms Parker started frantically looked for him around the house.
Ms Parker is currently staying with her friends, while her daughters are cared for by their father Thomas Sprott, PerthNow reported.
Jake Anthony Botica (pictured) was found unconscious under water in less than a minute after Ms Parker frantically looked for him around the house.
Mother-of-three Kylie Parker (left) and her two daughters have not been able to return home after the tragic incident
‘When she told me the gate was left open I ran around the house looking for him until I realised he wasn’t there,’ Ms Parker said.
Ms Parker immediately performed CPR on Jake and a neighbour jumped over the fence to help take over after he heard her scream.
‘He performed CPR on him right until they arrived at the hospital … even in the ambulance,’ she said.
The mother-of-three described Jake as a bright and funny little boy, whose favourite things to do was spend hours watching car movies and playing with cars and trucks.
‘He loved Hotel Transylvania and going to daycare, playing with friends,’ Ms Parker said.
Jake is the youngest child, who looked up to his sisters Scarlett, 7, and Isabella Sprott, 8.
Jake is the youngest child, who looked up to his sisters Scarlett, 7, and Isabella Sprott, 8
Ms Parker warned it took just 20 seconds for a child to get out of a parent’s sight and get into trouble.
She had been teaching the toddler how to swim but recalled he had been ‘terrified of water’.
The mother-of-three is considering launching a campaign for mandatory pool gate alarms.
‘There’s alarms that you can get for pools. This isn’t going to be the end for me and my son,’ she said.
Ms Parker is considering launching a campaign for mandatory pool gate alarms, following Jake’s death