Toddler Dies, Remembered as a Happy-Go-Lucky Boy

By KBJR News 1

February 20, 2012 Updated Feb 21, 2012 at 7:11 PM CST

(Northland's NewsCenter)---Family and friends are mourning the loss of a toddler who passed away last week after falling into a hotel hot tub in Grand Rapids.

Tony Scovel was just three days short of turning 21-months when he passed away.

Family and friends describe him as a happy, fun spirited, blue–eyed boy who loved to read books and play with toy cars.

"If you were down, no matter how bad, he could just look at you and smile," Tony's Mother, Racine Jensen said. "You'd feel better right away."

"He was a little camera ham of course," Tony's Grandmother, Veronica Landrus said. "He liked pictures and was a very happy go lucky baby."

"He was happy all the time," Tony's Babysitter, Deanna Olander said. "Very outgoing, loved water and loved to run."

Last week, Tony was at a birthday party at the Sawmill Inn in Grand Rapids.

Just before the accident happened, Olander says there were three other adults supervising the pool area when she ran to grab her children's swimsuits in the van. She says she was gone for no more than two minutes.

"When I first walked in, I didn't see Tony," she said. "The first word out of my mouth is, 'Where is Tony?'" "Nobody could answer me. I ran out to the pool, looked at the bottom of the pool and at the top of the pool, and as soon as I turned around..."

Olander says that's when she jumped into the hot tub to rescue Tony.

After witnesses performed CPR, paramedics rushed the boy to the hospital where he later died from brain swelling.

"I understand it was an accident," Jensen said. "I don't hold it against her at all. I just miss him a lot."

Visitation hours during Tony's funeral are scheduled from 1-2 p.m.at the Good News Bible Church in Cohasset on Wednesday.

Jensen says anyone who would like to attend Tony's funeral is welcome.

A benefit dinner to raise money to help Racine and her family will be held at the Moose Lodge in Grand Rapids on Sunday, Feb. 26 from 12-7 p.m.

The meal will be Spaghetti with cake for desert.

The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 10 and under 2 and under are free.

Organizers say they need help cooking and setting up. If you would like to help visit the benefit facebook page.

Jennifer Walch
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