Parents Call Child’s Death At Tommy Lee’s Home ‘Inexcusable’

Sheriff's Department conducting routine investigation into birthday-party drowning.

The parents of the boy who drowned during a pool party at rocker Tommy Lee’s Malibu home Saturday issued a statement Tuesday that characterized the child’s death as “inexcusable” and said they have turned the matter over to their lawyers.

“Our family has been devastated by the news of the tragic and inexcusable death of our beautiful 4-year-old son, Daniel,” read the statement from actors James Veres and Ursula Karven. The statement said the parents would have no further comments and requested that their privacy and dignity be respected.

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is conducting a routine investigation into the boy’s death, which officials have labeled an accidental drowning, according to Deputy Cruz Solias. No determination has been made yet as to whether or not any charges would be filed, Solias said.

The boy drowned during a birthday party for Lee’s 5-year-old son, Brandon (see “Child’s Death At Tommy Lee’s Home Ruled An Accident” ).

During his call to 911, which was made public Monday by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Lee told a dispatcher that “there’s a big pool party here and no one was paying attention for a minute.”
Lee requested an ambulance and remained on the phone, apparently relaying CPR instructions from the dispatcher to adults who were trying to resuscitate the boy. Daniel Veres was pronounced dead a little more than an hour after paramedics arrived on the scene, according to Solias.

Prior to Tuesday’s statement, James Veres told the Associated Press that he felt there wasn’t enough supervision at the pool.
Lee’s spokesperson was unreachable at press time.