9-year-old Saves 4-year-old from Drowning in Manassas Pool

Police said the mother of the 4-year-old left her five children unattended in the pool.

A 9-year-old girl pulled an unresponsive 4-year-old girl from the bottom of a Manassas pool and assisted lifeguards in saving the little girl's life, Prince William County Police said.

It happened on June 26 at the Westgate community pool on Ashland Avenue in Manassas.

Police said Giovanna Emperatr Naravez, 23, left her five children, including the 4-year-old girl, unattended in the pool while she went to the front desk to sign in a guest. 

Her children range in age from 1 to 8 years old, according to police reports.

While the mother was away, a 9-year-old girl noticed the 4-year-old at the bottom of the pool, swam down and pulled her to safety.

The victim wasn't breathing and was unresponsive but was revived after lifeguards administered CPR.

The victim was flown to an area hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Police charged Naravez with three counts of child neglect in connection with her three youngest children being left unattended.  Police said they are the ones who needed the most supervision.

The two oldest children are a 6-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl.

She was released on $5,000 unsecured bond.

gail king July 05, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Why would she not be charged for all 5 children neglect just because you are 6 and 8 does not mean you can swim or take care of yourself. What is wrong with our society that those children are not being protected from her. Did they take them from her?? And $5,000 is nothing for the cost of their lives. One was almost dead if not for another child paying attention. Same with lifeguards what were they doing??
Concerned Citizen July 05, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Okay, first of all, let me say people like that shouldn't be allowed to have kids.....same with the parents who leave their kids in the car with the windows closed in the heat of summer and can't figure out why there is a problem.....but I do question the following statement: The victim wasn't breathing and was unresponsive but was revived after lifeguards administered CPR....Am I to understand that there were lifeguards present? If that's the case, how is it even possible that the girl even made it to that degree of danger.....and why would the 9 year old be jumping in to save her....again, where were the lifeguards?
J Jones July 05, 2012 at 03:49 PM
What could this mother possibly be thinking?????? The thing about this is that she forgot about her children. Some people do not deserve to have children at all, I just wonder how long she was at the counter???? Thank God for the nine year old who saved this child.
Erin Gibson July 05, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Good point Concerned Citizen. That was my first thought when I read this. The lifeguards did not see a small child at the bottom of the pool? That being said, however, parents should always have an eye on small children and not rely on lifeguards.
Lazaro Chua July 05, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Lifeguards need to be in jail also, how they couldnt see the victim in the pool. Tank you.
Victoria Martinez Seale July 05, 2012 at 09:21 PM
23 year old mother with 5 children ranging from 8 to 1 yrs old??? there is the problem. that idiot needs to stop having babies she cant take of.
Concerned Citizen July 06, 2012 at 01:53 AM
At 23 years old...with the oldest being 8, I dare say she's not a 'parent' but a kid herself...can you imagine having a baby at 15 (if the math is right and she gave birth to all 5)....I know we are so quick to judge (heck, I did it earlier)...but WE know that doing something like that is STUPID, but...if she's just a 'kid' herself, who does she rely on to tell her this info....Does this make sense?
Erin Gibson July 06, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I just spoke with the vice president of the pool management company at Westgate Community pool he said an investigation has wrapped up and the lifeguards were doing what they were supposed to be doing. Here is the story: http://manassas.patch.com/articles/management-company-investigates-near-drowing-at-local-pool
JACK SHJEAL July 09, 2012 at 10:16 PM
former lifeguard July 12, 2012 at 07:07 PM
I was a lifeguard at busy pools and beaches and I can tell you that it doesn't take long for a situation to develop. When a pool is crowded like this and kids are jumping around and splashing even the most diligent guard can miss this. They are constantly scanning the water to see things that are unusual or dangerous. A person can easily be obscured by other swimmers and it's seems that there were loads of people in the pool. Parents can't be irresponsible regarding their children, despite the presence of trained professionals.


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