Joel Flores Jr., who was four years old, drowned in the club’s pool in July and his parents have filed a lawsuit claiming the club failed to provide a reasonably safe place for activities and to properly supervise children at the summer camp. Since the incident, the club has cooperated with investigators and released a statement saying that “staff are heartbroken over the tragic loss.” The club has no set plans for a summer camp in 2014.
The parents of Joel Flores Jr. filed a lawsuit against the McAllen (Texas) Country Club for the wrongful death of their 4-year-old son, the Harlingen (Texas)-based KGBT Television reported.
Flores was swimming at the country club’s pool in July when he was spotted at the bottom, and though he was rushed to the hospital, he did not survive, KGBT reported.
His parents filed a lawsuit against the country club in August stating they failed to provide a reasonably safe place for activities and failed to properly supervise the children at the day camp, KGBT reported.
The club’s attorney, John Griffith, said his client has fully cooperated with a temporary restraining order on the club while an expert examined the swimming pool and other evidence connected to the case, KGBT reported.
In the days following the drowning, the country club released a statement saying: “The board of directors and entire staff are heartbroken over the tragic loss of Joel Flores and share in the grief and sorrow of all those affected by his loss.”
Court documents say the parents have suffered emotional pain and torment after their son drowned under the supervision of four lifeguards, KGBT reported.
General Manager Joe Lasiter said there are no set plans for a summer camp in 2014. However, club administrators will discuss the matter this winter, KGBT reported.
Griffith expects both parties to settle the case before it goes to trial in April, KGBT reported.