Kilgore police have detailed their actions when responding to a reported drowning at a local hotel on Sunday, as KPD helped resuscitate a 2-year-old child who had fallen into a hot tub.
The child, Luke Wayne Killough, has been in a coma at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas since the incident, with his family saying earlier this week they were bracing for the worst.
“He is probably not going to wake up,” the boy’s mother Dominique Killough said Thursday. “If he does, he would have minimal breathing ability,” she said. “They are preparing us for a ventilator supporting him the rest of his life. But once he goes brain dead, they would pronounce him dead and they would take him off the ventilator so he doesn’t have to spend another minute longer here than he has to.”
Assistant Chief Johnathan Gage said his department received an emergency call around 12:50 p.m. Sunday from the Holiday Inn for a reported drowning.
“Kilgore Police Officers arrived on scene and found the victim to be a two-year-old male child,” Gage said. “The child was receiving CPR from his father in the lobby of the hotel. A Kilgore police officer relieved the father and administered CPR until EMS units arrived at the scene.”
Gage also said the child was transported by Champion EMS to a local hospital and the incident is being actively investigated by the Kilgore Police Criminal Investigations Unit.
Footage from a body-worn video camera of a responding KPD officer who began the resuscitation effort only seconds after entering the hotel lobby shows officers can be seen driving quickly to the scene, hurriedly running inside and immediately administering care to the child.
According to the family, Luke fell into the hot tub around 1 p.m. His sister, Tabitha Killough, 4, put on goggles and tried to pull her brother from the hot tub when he was floating head down. The father, Scott Killough, who was fixing a bottle for his infant child, then began performing CPR.
The family said they had lived in Kilgore, but working out of town they have been staying with family in Henderson. Scott Killough had their three children at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Kilgore for a mini-vacation Sunday.
The parents said the children always wear flotation gear at the pool, but they had not put it on yet as they had just arrived.
Killough said they were trying to make Luke comfortable in the hospital.
“We are just trying to keep him as comfortable as possible at this point and let him heal if he could heal. Or let him go if he has to go,” she said.
John Anderson contributed to this report.