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Family secretary: Adults must supervise minors in places with swimming pools

Designated Family Secretary Ciení Rodríguez Troche


Designated Family Secretary Ciení Rodríguez Troche insisted on Sunday that adults must exercise their responsibility for the supervision of minors, especially in places where there are swimming pools.

The official made her remarks following the news of an 8-year-old who drowned Saturday in a swimming pool at a residence in Luquillo. A similar incident, in which a toddler drowned and the mother was charged with neglect, occurred the previous Saturday in Aguada.

“Sadly, this is another case of a minor drowning this year,” Rodríguez Troche said in a written statement. “I want to be emphatic, again -- remember that the responsibility for supervision and care when there are minors involved in aquatic activities corresponds to you, the father, mother, guardian or guardian. There are situations that can be prevented with proper supervision. Mere carelessness can cost a minor their life.”

“For all adults with minors in their families, you are responsible for ensuring the well-being and protection of that child,” the Family secretary added. “Don’t let small children out of your sight; a few seconds can be enough for a tragedy to occur. To parents of young people, keep communication channels open and if you have questions about an activity, accompany them. If you or another responsible adult cannot go, it is better not to authorize them.”

Rodríguez Troche noted that according to the agency’s records, the Luquillo family has no history of abuse and the other minors in the family nucleus are in good health and under the protection of their mother.

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