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Child Dies After Falling Into Swimming Pool

Posted April 19, 2008
Updated April 21, 2008

— An 18-month-old boy died Saturday after falling into a swimming pool at his Cumberland County home.

Nicholas Vest, of 4821 Desert Ridge Road in Parkton, was playing with a garden hose while his mother was cleaning out the family swimming pool, Cumberland County officials said.

The child’s mother, Sue Ellen Ramer, told investigators she left Nicholas to take her younger child inside the house. When she returned she could not find Nicholas. Family and friends began searching for him when he was finally discovered in the bottom of the algae-filled pool.

Emergency crews were called to the home shortly after 6:00 p.m. while Ramer administered CPR.

The child was unresponsive as he was transported to the Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Doctors stabilized Nicholas after he arrived at the hospital and placed him on life support in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Saturday evening.

Cumberland County sheriff's detectives confirmed the child's death at 10:30 p.m.

No foul play was suspected and no charges will be filed against the parents, investigators said.


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  • webegb-Is in a happy place Apr 22, 2008

    I'm sure this mom is going over everything she should have/could have done and wishing she could turn back time and do things differently. This is just a terrible accident.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Apr 21, 2008

    I hope all parents and family and any other adult have learned something hear. I suggest no swimming pool until the children are old enough to understand the rules of being around an un-assisted pool. For heavens sake if you do have a pool, how about putting a gate all the way around it with a door that has a key etc. This is for the under-age safety and not you the adult.

  • tarheelalum Apr 21, 2008

    "Children are protected by the faith of their believing parents. If they do not have a believing parent, they're at the beck and call of the hazards of this world" Rev

    That is absolutely the most ridiculous rational I think I have ever heard.

  • saltygirl2 Apr 21, 2008

    Never.... ever leave your child alone.

  • Sunkist Apr 21, 2008

    I have a 16 month old, kids this young attention span isn't long at all. So this mom leaving her 18 mon old near a pool wasn't a Cool ideal. I'm so so sorry this happen. I know she will be very careful with the other child. God bless her heart

  • Adelinthe Apr 21, 2008

    "Where was Jesus when this child suffered a a horrible death?"

    Children are protected by the faith of their believing parents. If they do not have a believing parent, they're at the beck and call of the hazards of this world, as are all non-believers.

    It's sad, but it's true. We are all called to be in His family. Should we choose otherwise, we are at the mercy then of the adversary, the god of this world who is satan.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Johnny Da Lounge Apr 21, 2008

    Gates around pools. I've said it over and over, but, people insist on learning the hard way. Someone is reading this, right now, with no gate around their pool, and a small child. HELLO! MCFLY! ANYONE HOME?!

  • teacher56 Apr 21, 2008

    Very tragic, very sad, terrible loss of a child. This was preventable! Parents, WATCH YOUR CHILDREN AT ALL TIMES!!!

  • just-wondering Apr 21, 2008

    What is it with some posters on here that always want to charge someone with something. I hope that no accident or horrible thing ever happens to you or your family and they get charged with something that they had no control over. I would have personally taken my child with me away from the pool and water hose but it doesn't mean that it was neglect.

  • tarheelalum Apr 21, 2008

    "With Jesus, He will be there for them and will not leave them alone."

    Where was Jesus when this child suffered a a horrible death? The mother should be charged w/ neglect.