A 45-year-old man and his 7-year-old daughter died Saturday night, May 1, after police and fire crews responded to a home in the 1200 block of Jefferson Lane in Waldorf.
Charles sheriff’s office spokeswoman Diane Richardson said that, according to a preliminary investigation, a 7-year-old girl fell into a pool in the ground during a birthday party at a residence. Her father jumped in to try to help her, along with an unrelated 17-year-old male.
“Sadly, they were not able to swim,” Richardson said in a text.
The father was identified as Haffis Olanrewaju Agboola of Hyattsville, and the daughter as Christian Omofolawe Agboola.
The police have not publicly identified the 17-year-old, but on Monday Richardson said he is in stable condition. He had been transported to Children’s Hospital Center in critical condition.
Fire and emergency crews from Waldorf and Westlake responded. CPR was performed on all three, and they were transported to Charles Regional Medical Center where the father and daughter were pronounced dead.
The initial investigation revealed the victims were among guests at a birthday party being hosted at the home. The pool was uncovered and open, according to a sheriff’s office release.
Richardson said two firefighters took on water during the rescue, were transported to a hospital, treated and released. Sheriff’s deputies assisted in the rescue.