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Child found unresponsive in pool, one year after similar incident

Posted June 21, 2016 11:26 a.m. EDT
Updated July 12, 2018 2:13 p.m. EDT

— 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.