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Rocky Mount mother seeks answers about 9-year-old son's coma

Posted August 19, 2014

— A Rocky Mount mother wants answers about what happened to her 9-year-old son, who was found unconscious at the bottom of a swimming pool during a summer camp trip last week.

Jaekwon Williams is in a coma at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where he was taken following the Aug. 11 incident at Lions Water Adventure in Kinston. The boy was part of the city's Williford Summer Day Camp, and the group had taken a day trip to the water park.

Jaekwon was found uat the deep end of the pool. Emergency workers were able to resuscitate him, but he did not regain consciousness, said Tom Taft, an attorney for the boy’s mother, Jasmine Williams.

“It’s not clear as to whether he will ever recover from that coma,” Taft said during a news conference Tuesday to draw attention to the case. “Only time and prayers will tell.”

Taft said he has filed Freedom of Information Act requests and talked with authorities, but no answers are forthcoming.

“We don’t know how this child – who’s never swam in his life – how he ended up in water over his head and how this occurred,” Taft said.

Williams, who has five children, said she wants to know what happened and who was supposed to be watching her child.

“When I left him, he was playing and talking,” she said, breaking down in tears. “(Now) that’s not my child that I left them with to take care of.”

Bill Johnson, a spokesman with the Kinston Department of Public Safety, called the incident a "tragic accident" and said in a statement that his department is conducting an investigation and reviewing all safety policies. He said the city is working with the family to provide information.

Taft acknowledged that the process may take some time.

Meanwhile, Williams agonizes over her child.

“I haven’t slept much,” she said. “It’s hard for me. I (don’t) want to leave his side because I don’t want anything changing when I’m not there.”


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  • 678devilish Aug 20, 2014

    God/Jesus will bring comfort to this family today and the days ahead.

  • nobody1 Aug 20, 2014

    Lord comfort this mother and the whole family. In Jesus name.

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Aug 20, 2014

    Hopefully she will get the answers and justice she deserves. This is unacceptable!

  • Kristin Byrne Aug 20, 2014
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    Even the most experienced of swimmers aren't immune from drowning. It could have something as simple as he could have been playing with his friends, and accidentally bumped his head against something.

    You just never know.

  • Kimberly Daniel Aug 20, 2014
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    Even those who know how to swim can drown. They could hit their head or pass out from heat stroke/dehydration and land in the water. Our pool had an issue with kids using a grate for their game, and a child's fingers got stuck, and it took them a few moments to free themselves. Wouldn't take long at all in a situation like that for a child to lose consciousness. Knowing how to swim helps, but there are still many things that could go wrong.

  • Forthe Newssite Aug 20, 2014
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    I'm guessing many find it more important/necessary to FEED their family. This is a horrible turn of events for this mother and her family. I can't imagine her pain.

  • sweetydmh Aug 20, 2014

    My heart goes out to this family. Will be praying for all of you.

  • jwsawyer Aug 20, 2014

    They have classes in Florida to teach 6 month old babies how to float in the water. I can't image any parent not teaching their child how to swim at a very early age.

  • lavenderdejectedmoon Aug 20, 2014

    I can't even imagine the pain this family feels.

  • lisa4 Aug 20, 2014

    Praying for Jaekwon and his family.