LINDEN — A 2-year-old boy drowned Sunday afternoon in a backyard pool at his grandmother's house.

Linden police spokesman Chrisopher Guenther said family members found the toddler in the pool on McKinley Avenue around 5:15 p.m. and began administering CPR after getting him out. The boy was taken to Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth where he was pronounced dead a short while later.

The drowning is under investigation by Linden police and the Union County Homicide Task Force.

Guenther said is unclear if the boy and his mother lived at the home.

Linden Mayor Derek Armstead told CBS New York the city is ready to help the family "get through this terrible time in their lives."

Another tragedy in the water

Over a dozen people have drowned at New Jersey beaches, indoor pools, lakes and rivers since April.

A 14-year-old Elizabeth boy drowned at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area on July 24.

The next day a 5-year-old boy drowned in the backyard pool of a house on Hampshire Drive in Deptford.

The body of Henry Potter, 64, of Highlands, was found floating in the water off North Beach in Sea Bright Wednesday afternoon. A cause of death is still under investigation by Sea Bright police.

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