Police identify 5-year-old boy found floating in Hanover County hotel pool

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The boy that was found floating in a hotel pool over the weekend in Hanover County has been identified.

Giovanne Samuel Ofosu Antwi, 5, of Dumfries, Virginia died after being found floating unresponsively in the pool of the Days Inn Doswell.

Hanover Fire and rescue teams arrived for a call about a person floating in the Days Inn Doswell pool around 2:45 p.m. Saturday. When responders arrived, they found the boy unresponsive. CPR was immediately administered.


The child was then transported to VCU Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators are currently working with the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the actual cause of death.

The hotel is located in the 16200 block of International Drive in Roswell.

8News spoke with the hotel’s manager, Chetan Shah to get details about what happened.

Shah said that one of the hotel’s housekeepers was the first to notice the boy unresponsive in the pool.


Shah said that his son found out shortly thereafter and went running to pull the boy out. Others from a King’s Dominion shuttle soon saw what was going on and joined in trying to resuscitate the boy.

“Two ladies were there and they gave him CPR, the police and everybody came, and the rescue team, and they tried to take care of the boy,” Shah said.

Shah said that he was not sure how the boy got into the pool area because most adult guests have difficulty opening the gate without assistance.

A sign on the gate reads that no lifeguard is on duty at the pool.


According to Shah, it took some time to find the boy’s parents.

“It took like two or three hours to locate the parents,” Shah said. “The police were telling that the parents were staying at La Quinta.”

La Quinta is a nearby hotel also in the area.

Police are still investigating to determine what led to the child’s death.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at (804) 365-6140 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.  Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637 (CRIMES), using the keyword “iTip” followed by their tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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