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Eight-year-old Aliyah Jaico dies after being ‘violently sucked’ into Texas hotel pool pipes

An eight-year-old girl has died after being “violently sucked” by pipes in a hotel swimming pool, her family said.

Aliyah Jaico enjoyed a swim with her family at the DoubleTree Hotel in Houston, Texaswhen the tragedy occurred on Saturday March 23.

Lawyers representing the family said she was in the “lazy river style” pool when she was “violently sucked into an unsafe 12- to 16-inch gap in the pool’s drain system.”

His body was later found approximately 6 meters deep in the pipes.

The family is suing the hotel for more than $1 million (£790,000) in damages. The police are also investigating.

The lawsuit says Aliyah’s mother, Daniela Jaico, raised the alarm after quickly realizing her daughter was missing around 4:50 p.m.

After a frantic search, she asked hotel staff to look at CCTV footage, but management “rejected her request and explained that the police would need to be present to view the CCTV footage”, it is claimed.

Ms Jaico called the police and officers reviewed CCTV after arriving at the scene. Footage revealed the eight-year-old went underwater and never resurfaced.

The pool was drained and his body was found “stuck in the pipes of faulty pool equipment” at 11:30 p.m.

Lawyers representing the family called it a “senseless tragedy.”

In a tribute posted online, Ms Jaico said she was struggling to cope with her loss.

She added: “I hope to see you again one day and you will continue to look at me and you will have this big smile that was contagious with joy. You gave yourself to love always with your heart so noble.

“I will love you for eternity. You are the most beautiful thing God has given me and after every battle we have been through together, we have not won this one. Rest in peace my beautiful Wera. You forever”.

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The family’s wrongful death lawsuit names Unique Crown Hospitality LLC and Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.

A Hilton spokesperson told Sky News: “Hilton extends its sincere condolences to the family and loved ones on the tragic loss of a young girl at the DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Brookhollow.

“This property is independently owned and operated by a third party. Hilton does not own, manage or control the day-to-day operations of the property and does not employ any of the property’s staff or its third-party operators.”

They added: “We understand that the property is cooperating fully with all authorities investigating the incident. »

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Houston police said detectives were “awaiting autopsy results on the apparent drowning of a child.”

A spokesperson added: “The investigation is continuing.”

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