Police Name Amelia McCann as Victim in Pool Accident [UPDATE]

Amelia McCann became the fatal victim of a backyard swimming pool accident on Wednesday.

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Update 1:47 p.m.:

At the McCann home on Mansfield Place early Thursday afternoon, no one answered the door.

Landscapers worked outside, and the front and back yards looked immaculate and as orderly as they could be. There was no hint of the tragedy that took place the day before.

The pool in the back, visible from nearby Mansfield Avenue, was covered.

Update 12:02 p.m.:

An autopsy will be conducted for this case by the state Medical Examiner's Office in Farmington, according to Darien police.

The Medical Examiner's Office regularly performs autopsies as a standard procedure in accidental deaths.

Update 11:44 a.m., Thursday:

Darien police have identified the victim in Wednesday's death in a swimming pool as Amelia McCann, 45, of Mansfield Place.

In a statement just released, police say McCann was a fatality in an accident.

(The two-line news release is attached to this article.)

Update 2:20 p.m., Wednesday:

The Stamford Advocate is reporting that the incident took place at 2 Mansfield Place.

Update 1:33 p.m.:

The online Darien Daily Voice (formerly The Daily Darien) is reporting that the backyard pool has been in use for about a month, and the family has three children.

Update 1:27 p.m.:

The Darien News is reporting that police were called to Mansfield Place earlier this morning, where the drowning may have taken place.

Original article:

A 45-year-old Darien woman apparently drowned in her backyard swimming pool Wednesday morning and was found by her husband, have announced.

The woman, whose name has not yet been released, was found submerged by her husband, who called police at 10:07 a.m.

Responding police officers performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and the woman was taken to Stamford Hospital by , where she was pronounced dead by doctors.

"The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of family members," Police Capt. Frederick Komm said in a news release.

David Gurliacci July 10, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Thanks, John. All's forgiven. We all say things we regret.
John Tuttle July 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM
I have no idea who posted that apology at 5:29, but it wasn't me. And I certainly don't regret a single thing I've written, particularly not the numerous things you've censored. Unlike some, I think before I speak, write or act. Given that you responded a minute after "my" apology, I'm pretty sure I know who truly posted the apology.
Herman July 11, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Shame on you. It is beyond shallow for you to try and pass your reporting off as a public service to the community under the banner of pool safety. Moreover, you want us to believe that the justification for your horrific attempt to speak with the family was to make them feel better? Your motives are transparent. Everything the family wants the public to know about their loved one is in the obituary. Your approach to this story, and your actions, are without any socially redeeming value. Own that. To the rest of us, let’s do something meaningful in the wake of this tragedy. For the family. For ourselves. Ignore this forum. Practice discretion and compassion. Hug your spouse and your kids extra tight; tell them how much you love them. This is what Amy would have done.
David Gurliacci July 11, 2012 at 04:07 PM
You are the real Patch user, "John Tuttle", as anyone can see who clicks on your name on your comment and sees the past comments you've written. However, I accept your doppelganger's apology on your behalf, even if you don't regret your comments.
John Tuttle July 11, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Amen, Herman. Mr. Gurliacci, feel free to close the account opened yesterday in my name.


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