Northland hotel pool where child drowned remains closed for unrelated violations

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Northland hotel pool where a two-year-old boy drowned on Friday, July 31, was shut down on Monday by Kansas City Health Dept. inspectors due to safety and sanitary violations.

Authorities say the two-year-old boy was found face-down in a Days Inn Hotel, 7100 NE Parvin Road, pool Friday afternoon at about 5:00 p.m.

The child, identified only as a two-year-old boy named Jordan, was taken by ambulance to an area hospital where he later died. A family friend told FOX 4 that the boy had been playing with two other little boys at the pool. She says one of the boys jumped on top of him and pushed him over, causing the child to take in too much water.

Kansas City's Health Department's deputy director says as a result of the boy's death, a health inspector went back to inspect the pool. The inspector stayed for more than an hour and found 12 code violations, although they weren't unusual citations, according to Deputy Director Bert Malone. Among the safety and sanitary violations, the inspector says a hand rail in the pool's shallow area does not extend over all steps.

There were also not any emergency signs for a ring buoy, shepherd's crook, or a 911 sign. Chlorine levels were also not correct. He says they also discovered the pool water temperature was below 70 degrees.

"I think that's fairly consistent with what we generally will find in a seasonal pool," Malone said. There were a number of issues related to the bathroom.. wasn't cleaned. There were insects present."

The hotel pool remained closed Tuesday. Health inspectors said 10 of the 12 violations were corrected, but operators were still correcting the water quality issues and also trying to stop the pool from backwashing water into the grass.

On Monday, Aug. 3, Wyndham Hotel Group sent FOX 4 the following statement about the child's death.

We are terribly saddened by last week’s tragic event and our thoughts and prayers are with the child’s family and loved ones. The safety and welfare of our guests is always our top priority. We require that all of our individually owned and operated properties comply with all local, state and federal laws and regulations. Please know that we are reviewing the health department’s report with the hotel’s owners and will work with them as they take the appropriate actions to help ensure guest safety.

- Kathryn Zambito, Director of Public Relations for Wyndham Hotel Group

"We've never had to my knowledge in the last two years any complaints about that specific pool," said Malone.