O'FALLON, Ill. -- Police say the weekend drowning of a southwestern Illinois toddler in a backyard pool is a tragic reminder that children should be closely supervised around water.
Authorities say 2-year-old Devan Jacobs' body was found about 11 a.m. Sunday by a relative in the family's above-ground pool. The boy was declared dead a short time later at a Belleville hospital.
Police say the relative said she was in the kitchen and thought the victim and his two siblings were in the next room playing.
O'Fallon police Capt. Jeff Wild tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the pool was three to four feet deep, and that police believe the boy could have been in the water for 10 to 15 minutes before he was found.