Archive for Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Tape records rocker’s 911 call for drowning child

June 20, 2001

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— A distraught Tommy Lee told a 911 dispatcher that a 4-year-old boy who drowned in his pool wasn't breathing when he was found.

In a seven-minute tape released Monday by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the former Motley Crue drummer requested an ambulance, then stayed on the phone while the dispatcher attempted to determine whether the boy was breathing.

"There's a big pool party here and no one was paying attention for a minute," Lee anxiously told the dispatcher about Saturday's drowning of Daniel Karven Veres, who was found floating face down in the shallow end of Lee's pool.

"He's not breathing. He's throwing up but he's not breathing," Lee said at one point. "He's not responding," Lee said a moment later. Then: "He's just, he's just laying there."

Daniel, the son of television producer James Veres and actress Ursula Karven, was a guest at a birthday party for one of Lee's two sons at the musician's home in the mountains above Malibu.

"It was a birthday party like a million other birthday parties and obviously there wasn't enough help at the pool," Veres, who didn't attend the party, said Sunday. "It's inexcusable and just amazing to me."

The 911 dispatcher told Lee to turn the vomiting boy on his left side. After Lee said the boy was not breathing, the dispatcher began to instruct him on CPR.

The boy's death was ruled an accidental drowning.

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