LIBERTY COUNTY DROWNING OF FOUR (4) YR. OLD CHILD
Aug 19, 2013
19, 2013: The Sheriff’s dispatcher
received a call at 12:33 pm, this date, from the Grandmother of a four (4) year
old little boy whom she reported as being “missing” from the residence in the
4500 block of Private Road 4501. Veteran Dispatcher Bonnie Bishop calmly and
methodically questioned the caller asking if the family had checked the ponds,
ditches and even in the house to assure the child was not there. The caller assured Ms. Bishop they were doing that at this time as the child
had been “missing” for at least fifteen (15) minutes prior to calling the
talking to the Grandmother, Dispatcher Bishop dispatched a unit to the scene
while she continued to obtain useful information for the responding unit(s).
continuing to obtain more information, Dispatcher Bishop received a “911” call
on another line from Ms. Virginia Maddox who requested an ambulance to that
same vicinity. When ask why the ambulance was needed and for an exact location,
the caller reported that a baby was found in a pond of water.
Bishop then immediately broadcast this additional information to the responding
units. Sgt. Investigator Joel Davila and Sgt. Investigator Chris Ungles, who
happened to be working another case in the nearby area, responded to the new
location of Indigo Rd. and PR 4501 where it was reported the pond was located.
Both Sergeants arrived before the patrol units where the child’s father was
standing on the shore pointing to where his son was.
Sgt. Davila and Sgt. Ungles dived into the 10’ deep pond and swam approximately
30’ out into the pond where the child was located. He was then lifted to the
shore where the Sergeants immediately began CPR.
CPR continued until the Liberty County EMT’s arrived and took the child into
the ambulance and began additional medical assistance but in spite of all
efforts by the Sergeants as well as the EMT’s, the child failed to respond and
was deceased at the scene. According to Patrol Sgt. Darrell Elliott, it is
possible the child had been in the water for 30 to 40 minutes before he was
found. This time frame includes the 15 minute delay in the call to the
Sheriff’s dispatcher. Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4, Judge Barry Graves was
called to the scene to conduct his investigation of the drowning.
investigation is continuing into all circumstances of this drowning by the
Liberty County Sheriff’s Department.
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