2-year-old drowns in swimming pool on Fourth of July

Des Allemands native wants others to know to take precautions

Two-year-old Kevin J. “Bubba” Cortez III was pronounced dead on Tuesday (July 4) in a drowning accident.

Cortez’s father, Kevin Cortez Jr., a native of Des Allemands, found the child in a swimming pool at a friend’s house in Raceland around 11:45 a.m., according to Laura Plaisance Cortez, the child’s mother. He and others at the pool attempted to resuscitate the child, but they did not get a response.

They were celebrating the holiday at a barbecue when the youngster went missing.

“Somebody left the gate to the pool open and my baby went up the deck and jumped in,” Laura Cortez said. “My baby actually went up there with his older sister (3 years old), and she came down and he never did.”

They thought the two children were inside the house playing, she added. Instead, they had apparently slipped out the house and went to the pool.

“We’re just so grateful we didn’t lose her, too,” she said of her oldest daughter. “We want as many people as possible to know because we don’t want them to lose their children, too.”

The family lives in Lockport, but she said her husband’s family is in Des Allemands and they plan to relocate there. Their son, the middle child of three, considered the place his second home, she said.

She added, “Our boy loved being by the bayou and being on the boat with his papa.”

Cortez’s  funeral service will be held 9 a.m. to noon at Des Allemands Baptist Church followed by the service at noon. Cremation will follow the service.

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported the two-year-old boy died as a result of a suspected drowning in a swimming pool and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

At around 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, deputies responded to the residence in the 100 block of North Service Road in Raceland when they were notified that Cortez was found unresponsive in a swimming pool at the family gathering. While en route to the residence, deputies were informed that the juvenile had been transported to Ochsner St. Anne General Hospital.

Investigators learned Cortez was last seen playing with other children inside the residence. A short time later, Cortez was no longer inside the house, and adults began searching for him.

His father located him at the bottom of a swimming pool on the property.


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