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.

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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