Fire chief: Boy drowns in Baker swimming pool

A 9-year-old boy drowned in a mobile home park’s swimming pool Thursday morning, Baker Fire Chief Danny Edwards said.

Edwards identified the victim as Ladrius Bradford, of Baker.

He said the boy’s legal guardian is his grandmother, Elaine Bradford, who lives on Lavey Lane in Baker.

The swimming pool, which is not tended by a lifeguard, is intended for the use of people who live in the Azalea Gardens mobile home park off Baker Boulevard.

The child was alone in the pool when he was found and pulled out of the water at about 11:20 a.m. by an adult, who declined comment after the incident.

Baker Police Lt. Darron Mullins, one of several officers responding, administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the victim until Baker firefighters and East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Medical Services paramedics arrived.

Fire Department spokesman Howard Ward said firefighters were unable to detect a pulse when they took over from the police officers.

The Fire Department personnel assisted EMS during the trip to Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary, but the boy was declared dead upon arrival in the emergency room, Ward said.

Millie Lester, who said she has been Azalea Gardens manager for more than 30 years, said the boy did not live in the mobile home park but was dropped off there by an adult.

“The lady is trespassing. I have asked her not to come into the park. She goes off and leaves him,” Lester said.

Police Chief Mike Knaps said his detectives learned the child was at the trailer park with his grandmother, who brought him along with her while she visited with a friend.

Detectives also learned from the grandmother that the child did not know how to swim.

Knaps said the Police Department’s investigation into the case is continuing.

In July 2004, a 14-year-old boy reportedly visiting an uncle in the park also drowned in the pool.

Lester said the park is owned by a Minneapolis, Minn., firm.