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Father speaks out after son electrocuted in family pool

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Calder's father speaking out after his son's death. Calder's father speaking out after his son's death.

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (WSVN) -- A heartbroken father is speaking out after his son was electrocuted in the family's swimming pool.

Chris Sloan has only been back to his North Miami home a few times since mid-April. "I remember when we first came in ... the air conditioning hasn't been on. We haven't been back here in days, and it was cold. It was hot, but it was cold, and we felt an extreme void," said Sloan.

It is difficult for the family to see their son's pictures on the walls, his last homework assignment right before Passover, and the pool where 7-year-old Calder Sloan lost his life. "Particularly, went to my son's room and tried to smell everything and tried to see if I can somehow smell his clothes, his pillows," he said. "And looking like everything had been left in disarray, like there was no evidence of the tragedy, but there is evidence everywhere of his life and how we all rushed out and woke up that morning and beds were half made, some clothes were laid out. It was like ... and then walking out and seeing the pool ..."

Calder was electrocuted in the pool. His dad believes faulty wiring to the pool light is to blame. "We're trying to figure out what people can do to protect themselves because obviously we thought we had done everything," said Sloan. "We have our electrical panels fixed. We have our house grounded. We don't use fly-by-night companies."

While holding a picture of his son, Sloan said, "This isn't a pose, look at the way his brother looked up to him. You know, look at this photo here, look here. He's looking up with similes and joy, so that's how he became the name of Mr. Awesome."

Calder's mother and father are trying to figure out how the pool became electrified. Electricians were at the home Wednesday afternoon to inspect the pool's light.

Inside the home was Calder's last Passover homework assignment. He attended Lehrman Community Day School in Miami Beach. "The great thing about him is that we documented every second of his life in video and in films," said Sloan, "so this is quiet possibly the last thing he ever made."

Family was everything to Calder. The Sloan family is still trying to figure out the exact cause.

A special legacy fund has been set up at the Lehrman Community Day School in Miami Beach. If you'd like to donate to that fund, send checks to:

Legacy fund for Calder Sloan
Lehrman Community Day School
memo: Calder J Sloan Legacy Fund
www.lehrmanschool.org


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