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Boy's Drowning Death Ruled Accidental

Posted March 19, 2008

— The death of Joshua Bullock Jr. in a Durham swimming pool over the weekend has been ruled an accident.

Joshua, who had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and was bipolar and slightly mentally disabled, slipped away from supervison Sunday afternoon and was found about five hours later.

Joshua had fallen into a swimming pool that was about half filled with murky water whose surface was covered in leaves.

Joshua and his father were visiting friends in Durham County when he disappeared.

“The dad mentioned that he took him inside the house for a moment and he went to put something down, and once he came back, he noticed that the sliding-glass patio door was open and ajar a little bit,” Det. L.E. Kelly, with the Durham County Sheriff's Office told WRAL.

Authorities closed the case Wednesday.


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  • DarnYou Mar 19, 2008

    Little ones can get away. The biggest surprise of my life was one day my neighbor knocked on the door holding my 3 yr old. She caught him slipping out the garage. It is something I will never forget all these yrs later. Deadbolts appeared by the weekend. I hope this family can find peace.

  • AC Man Mar 19, 2008

    Rest in Peace Little One.... May God Bless the Family and Friends

  • kimber Mar 19, 2008

    As the mother of four boys, I know how active they can be and how quickly they can get away from you. I can't imagine the heartache this family is going through losing their precious child. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

  • pwilliamson53 Mar 19, 2008

    Blessed are the child. We pray for the family and friends of Little Dalton. A child can slip away in the blink of any eye, let this tragic story being a warning while visiting anyone with a pool or if you have one. May you rest in peace Little Dalton.

  • garnertoy Mar 19, 2008

    peace to the family

  • mythoughts22 Mar 19, 2008

    very sad, i can not imagine going through something like this. my thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.

  • pinklady-1 Mar 19, 2008

    such a sad story...breaks my heart everytime i read it...god bless the family...