Mom suing apartment complex where son drowned

June 2, 2012 11:45:51 AM PDT
The mother of a boy who drowned at an apartment complex two weeks ago has filed a civil suit against the complex and its managers.

Taheera Akilah Mahdi is seeking damages and court costs in the lawsuit. She filed Wednesday in the 164th Harris County Disctrict Court individually and on behalf of her deceased son, Troy Lott Jr.

Mahdi claims in court documents that her son drowned because apartment managers failed to offer a safe pool environment and proper safety equipment.

The drowning happened just before 6pm May 19 at the Trails at Dominion Park Apartments in the 200 block of Dominion Park Drive in Spring.

According to witnesses, the apartment complex swimming pool was crowded with kids when the boy went under water. Another child rescued him and he was rushed to an area hospital where he died, officials said.

The brief drafted by Mahdi's attorneys state that the pool was being operated in violation of Texas Department of Health and Safety standards.

Mahdi claims in the suit that the defendants failed to maintain water clarity, failed to employ the use of flotation safety lines between the deep and shallow ends, did not have sufficient pool ladders, did not control crowding at the pool, failed to conduct safety inspections and failed to enact rules and regulations for Lott's safety. She requests a jury trial should the case go to court.

On the night of the drowning, Harris County Child Protective Services immediately launched an investigation into Lott's death. It was unclear whether any adults were at the pool at the time of the incident.

CPS spokeswoman Gwen Carter tells us their investigation is still active.

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