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Boy found unconscious in swimming area

Posted July 25, 2010
Updated July 26, 2010

— A 5-year-old boy was hospitalized after being found unconscious Sunday in the swimming area of the Carolina Lakes marina in Sanford.

The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office, Benhaven EMS and the Spout Springs Fire Department were called to the area at about 2:30 p.m. in reference to a possible drowning.

Authorities said a group of children and adults were attending a birthday party at the lake when Elijah Christian Caddick went missing in the water.

Crews found Elijah unconscious in the swimming area. He was taken to Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford and then transferred to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where he was listed in critical condition.


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  • amber77cancer Jul 28, 2010

    I agree with denna2boys! People should really get their facts straight before casting judgement on these parents. I know the Mother personally, and I can't begin to tell you how amazing she is; as a mother and a person! She is grieving now over the loss of her sweet angel...have some respect!

  • denna2boys Jul 27, 2010

    I know this family very well and i want people to know that when something tragic like this happens you always want to blame somebody well there's nobody to blame this was an accident that god only knows why it happened.They are great parents and i would trust my kids with them anyday so before you start judging always get the facts first!!!!

  • Whatever Geez Jul 27, 2010

    cmaddox and the rest who personally know Elijah.....GOLO people are the most perfect people you will ever meet. I hope nothing ever happens to anyone close to me because I will boycot this place. I hope Elijah pulls through.

  • poobear1977 Jul 26, 2010

    I pray for this lil men, he was playing with my son that day and he is such a cutie. I hope for fast recovery. My friend and I witness this and the other drowning that happened 30 days ago with the 17yr old boy, it really would be nice to get more answers from cdmaddox82 and ellendtyner. thank you

  • juliechriscoe Jul 26, 2010

    I personally know Elijah's parents as well and I can tell you that they worship the ground that little boy walks on. They have two other sons and those boys are their lives. Please pray that Elijah makes a full recover and please pray for all family! My heart is breaking for them!

  • cdmaddox82 Jul 26, 2010

    I personally know Elijah's parents and they are great parents! So how about instead of judging their parenting skills, try praying for Elijah!!!! Or at least try to put yourself in their shoes. We need a miracle!!!!

  • ellendtyner Jul 26, 2010


  • mad_dash Jul 26, 2010

    Derrick10887 - thats exactly right - in the blink of an eye.. thats why you DONT take your eyes off of children around WATER.

  • derrick10887 Jul 26, 2010

    Prayers that the child pulls through this, also prayers to the family, also to the previous comment about ppl watch their kids!!! Accidents happen, and can happen in the blink of an eye!!

  • raggy831 Jul 26, 2010

    Prayers that the child makes a full recovery! Prayers also to the family that is going through this with the child.