Grieving mother offers pool safety advice after Mother's Day tra - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Grieving mother offers pool safety advice after Mother's Day tragedy

Shaelynn was 4 years old (Source: Provided by Family) Shaelynn was 4 years old (Source: Provided by Family)
Source: KCBD Video Source: KCBD Video
Source: KCBD Video Source: KCBD Video
(KCBD) -

During the hot weather, many are taking to the pool to cool off, but without care, a fun day can quickly turn to tragedy.

Now one mother is making sure no one has to go through the same thing, after she lost her daughter.

"When I couldn't find her that day in that pool, I never thought to look in the water," Tori Welch said. "I looked in my niece's bedroom where there's baby dolls and toys, I looked in the potty, and then finally I looked in the water."

On Mother's Day, one year ago, Tori's life changed forever.

"She was four years old. We adopted her through foster care several years ago, and she's just a little mother, a little nurturer. It's just hard. It's been a year, but it's only been a year. My job was to protect her and I wasn't able to."

Shaelynn was only four years old when she drowned during her family's party.

Welch says, "We had multiple kids in the pool that day, multiple family members. The adults were in the pool, they had life vests on, my kids always have their life vest on. So they were very good life jacket kids, and I let my guard down. Hers was taken off of her, and I did not know that it was, and she slipped back into the pool when I wasn't watching."

Now Tori says that she is doing what she can to help make sure no one has to go through the same thing.

"It's been so horrible, that I want something to come out of this. I don't want another mama to have to bury a child like this. Her drowning could have been prevented, should have been prevented and so, if more parents can be educated on watching their child like a lifeguard would, then we can prevent more drownings."

She decided to volunteer with 'Lifeguard Your Child', an organization aimed at educating parents and guardians on pool safety.

Tori agrees that, "Swim lessons are great, life jackets are great, the infant swimming resource class is amazing. I totally support all of those, but there's just no better prevention than to watch your child yourself. Nothing else will save them but you."

Chris Gonzales, the Aquatic Director at the YWCA in Lubbock agrees, "It's always important you keep an eye on your child so we can never have to many eyes on the pool. Supervision is very, very critical."

"Especially this time of the year, there's lots of postings on social media," Welch says. "Lots of postings of mamas in lawn chairs while their kids are swimming and I'm like 'Get up! Go sit by the pool!' and I beg them. 'Please! Go sit by the pool, get in the pool. Have you arms within arm's reach of them. Don't take your eyes off. It takes a second."

But she says, it's not just children you should keep an eye out for.

"Just the other day I heard a story of a professional swimmer, a teenager, swam competitively, drowned at the bottom of their pool while they were at practicing.  Even swimmers can drown. Even lifeguards can have a problem and drown. You have to watch them all, and if there's an adult next to you in the water struggling, just be vigilant to that."

Copyright 2018 KCBD. All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Saudi women in driver's seat as longstanding ban is lifted

    Saudi women in driver's seat as longstanding ban is lifted

    Sunday, June 24 2018 4:24 AM EDT2018-06-24 08:24:57 GMT
    Monday, June 25 2018 2:26 AM EDT2018-06-25 06:26:59 GMT
    (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty). Hessah al-Ajaji drivers her car down the capital's busy Tahlia Street after midnight for the first time in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. Saudi women are in the driver's seat for the first time in their countr...(AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty). Hessah al-Ajaji drivers her car down the capital's busy Tahlia Street after midnight for the first time in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. Saudi women are in the driver's seat for the first time in their countr...

    Saudi women steered their way through busy streets for the first time just minutes after the world's last remaining ban on women driving was lifted.

    Saudi women steered their way through busy streets for the first time just minutes after the world's last remaining ban on women driving was lifted.

  • Prince William on historic Mideast trip, praises Jordan ties

    Prince William on historic Mideast trip, praises Jordan ties

    Sunday, June 24 2018 9:43 AM EDT2018-06-24 13:43:58 GMT
    Monday, June 25 2018 2:26 AM EDT2018-06-25 06:26:41 GMT
    Britain's Prince William kicks off politically delicate five-day tour of Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories. (Source: CNN)Britain's Prince William kicks off politically delicate five-day tour of Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories. (Source: CNN)

    Britain's Prince William kicks off politically delicate five-day tour of Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories.

    Britain's Prince William kicks off politically delicate five-day tour of Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories.

  • US prosecutors cancel Stormy Daniels meeting in Cohen probe

    US prosecutors cancel Stormy Daniels meeting in Cohen probe

    Sunday, June 24 2018 9:15 PM EDT2018-06-25 01:15:00 GMT
    Monday, June 25 2018 2:25 AM EDT2018-06-25 06:25:09 GMT
    Monday's interview with prosecutors from the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan is in preparation for a possible grand jury appearance as they work to assemble a case against Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, the person said. (Source: CNN)Monday's interview with prosecutors from the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan is in preparation for a possible grand jury appearance as they work to assemble a case against Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, the person said. (Source: CNN)

    Porn actress Stormy Daniels will meet with federal prosecutors in New York who are investigating President Donald Trump's former personal attorney.

    Porn actress Stormy Daniels will meet with federal prosecutors in New York who are investigating President Donald Trump's former personal attorney.

Powered by Frankly