A 12-year-old boy visiting from Maryland drowned Tuesday while swimming at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress pool, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

DeShawn Smith, was staying at the hotel with his family, OCSO spokeswoman Jane Watrel said.

Deputies were called to the hotel at One Grand Cypress Boulevard at 12:42 p.m. Witnesses pulled the boy from the pool and performed CPR. Orange County Fire and Rescue took him to Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later, Watrel said.

Orange County detectives are conducting an investigation.

DeShawn is the second child to drown this week in Orange County. On Friday, Susan Delgado, 2, fell into the family’s backyard pool. She was taken off life support at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Saturday.

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The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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2 Responses

  1. Jewel Allen

    Hello,I’m Jewel Allen.Me and Deshawn Smith went to the same school and both were in 6th grade.He was in Morehouse and I was in Hamilton(classes)Deshawn was also in my collinary class that we went to in after school together.Deshawn and I had a very close relationship.If you want to contact me call me at(347) 326-4149 or email me at Cutedonut2005@gmail.com

  2. Jewel Allen

    I am very sad for Deshawn’s loss and everyone in FDAVIII misses him so much!!!


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