Parents of Drowning Victim Receive Settlement

Almost half a million dollars will go to the parents of a three-year old-boy who drowned in a Clovis pool.

In a settlement with the City of Clovis the mother of three-year-old Jequon Haynes will receive 358-thousand dollars, and 90-thousand dollars will go to the father.

It was back in July of 2005 when Haynes drowned in a city pool.

According to the New Mexico Environment Ddepartment...only one life guard was watching the pool even though five were on duty.

City officials first refused to release the terms of the settlement.

But the officials relented (this week) after the Clovis News Journal filed a formal request, citing the state's Open Records Act.