A 9-year-old autistic boy is now dead after being found in a swimming pool at a ingelwood park.
Kenyatta Taylor and her family are searching for answers after her 9-year-old son Zavier Portis was found dead from drowning in an Inglewood park swimming pool.
Taylor says that she had been with her son who doesn’t speak and his two siblings, one of which is also autistic, the whole day for visitation from foster care. She says that on Sunday afternoon, Zavier said he was thirsty so she pulled up to the Edward Vincent Junior Park in Inglewood to get a drink of water. That’s when she says her son disappeared.
In a panic, Taylor notified police who sent out search dogs and aircraft to search the area. Hours later, a witness who was at the park said they noticed a body in the swimming pool. Upon removing the body, family members were able to confirm that it was Zavier.
“They had him on the ground and I looked, and I just lost it after that,” Taylor said. “I picked him up and asked him to get up. Told him we were gonna go to McDonald’s, where he wanted to go. Get up for mama. He didn’t get up, so I held him and rocked him.”
The family is having a hard time understanding how a young boy with autism and only standing 4 ft tall could end up over the gate of a locked swimming pool and drown.
Taylor says Zavier became frustrated when she told him it was time to go back to his foster mother’s home. She added that even though Zavier had a good relationship with his foster mother, he wanted to stay with her, which she believes may have prompted him to leave his mother’s van through a window that had previously been broken out.
As of now, there is still an ongoing investigation, but as soon as re get more information we will keep you updated!