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Child found unresponsive in pool, one year after similar incident

Posted June 21

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— Authorities were dispatched to a Cumberland County home Monday evening after adults at a family gathering at 6645 Carriage Crossing Drive found a 2-year-old boy unresponsive in a swimming pool.

The homeowner, Jason Adams, started CPR on his nephew, and when emergency workers arrived, the boy was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where he remains in the intensive care unit on life support.

According to a family post on Facebook, the incident Monday occurred during a celebration, exactly one year after Adams’ 11-month-old daughter fell into the same pool.

Adams’ wife said the boy was missing for about 4 to 5 minutes before the family spotted him in the pool.

"I don't know at what point that someone was looking for the child and noticed him missing and they started to look for him," said Sean Swain with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office. "One of the parents saw him in the pool and jumped in the pool and pulled him out."

The investigation is ongoing, and law enforcement is expected to take an extra look because of the coincidence of two similar tragedies at the same location and involving the same family.

Swain said the sheriff's officer has asked the county's inspection office to make sure the family has all the pool safety equipment required by the county.

"We're going to do follow ups and make sure these folks are following all rules and regulations and make sure they're not negligent or careless with their swimming pool," he said.

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  • Sheri Bachmeier Jun 22, 11:21 a.m.
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    stop judging the family.

  • Janet Ghumri Jun 22, 9:23 a.m.
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    This is horrifying for the families involved. The awful coincidence makes it even worse. Incidents like this can happen so quick, and it takes a lot of diligence to keep little ones.
    They should have the pool fenced with a locking gate, at the very, very least. Any children present should be wearing a life jacket, even if they don't plan to get into the water. The newest swim assist wear is thin and light, and it could have kept anything like this from happening. If the adults were drinking, or otherwise compromised, I think there will be charges. Prayers for the family .

  • Susan Mencer Jun 21, 9:32 p.m.
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    If you can't handle a child and a pool at the sametime get rid of the pool. Then, take childcare lessons. Waited till the child was missing 4 to 5 minutes?

  • Bernadette Dan Unger Jun 21, 7:38 p.m.
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    Parenting and child supervision classes are available.....you should take advantage of them, obviously there is a need, or get rid of the pool.

  • Sara Hauser Jun 21, 4:46 p.m.
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    After one incident , hyper vigilance should be a norm. This is very sad.

  • Charlotte Baggett Jun 21, 3:30 p.m.
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    and the homeowner is a Physician's Assistant.....

  • Chase Truman Jun 21, 1:53 p.m.
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    You would think they would have learned after the first incident. The fact that they didn't says a lot.

  • Betsy Sparks Jun 21, 1:24 p.m.
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    Drain the pool and fill it with concrete. Obviously, appropriate safety measures weren't put in place last year. Getting rid of the pool seems like the only sure way to avoid this happening at that house again. Or move the family gatherings to a safer location.