N.J. man with cerebral palsy drowns in family’s pool

 Police scanner reports the man drowned in a pool at 1042 Spruce Avenue in Williamstown, N.J. (Image from Bing Maps)

Police scanner reports the man drowned in a pool at 1042 Spruce Avenue in Williamstown, N.J. (Image from Bing Maps)

Authorities say a southern New Jersey man who was physically impaired from cerebral palsy has drowned in his family’s swimming pool.

Officials say relatives found the 45-year-old man at the bottom of the nine-foot in-ground pool Wednesday evening in Williamstown, Gloucester County.

Authorities say family members tried unsuccessfully to revive him. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Relatives tell officials the man was in the pool exercising a weakened leg. They say they had left him for a just a minute or two and didn’t hear any cries for help. They say the man also had asthma.

A preliminary investigation by the Monroe Township Police Department and the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office concludes it was an accidental drowning.

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