Mother Of Drowned Boy Believes Teens To Blame
Posted July 2, 2002 9:30 a.m. EDT
DURHAM, N.C. — Police said Quann Caldwell, 7, drowned Saturday in the Long Meadow Park pool in Durham after sneaking into the facility after-hours. The boy's mother believes two teenagers are responsible for his death.
Witnesses said Caldwell and two friends put a hole in a 9-foot fence Saturday night to enter the pool, which had closed at 5 p.m.
"Some lady said she saw Quann going over the fence. Instead of stopping him, she's going to stand there and let those children go inside the fence instead of stopping my son from going in that fence. That was wrong," said Yolanda Roundtree, Quann's mother.
The two teenagers reportedly jumped into the shallow end of the pool, while Caldwell jumped into the deep end. When he did not surface, the others reportedly ran for help.
Family members said Quann did not know how to swim, but he knew better than to go in the deep end.
"I know for a fact he wouldn't have done it on his own. Something is just not right for him to jump in 9 feet of water," said John Cannady, Quann's stepfather. "He was a bright kid, smart in school and everything. He knew the danger."
Police arrived at 8:30 p.m. and found the boy unconscious. Despite efforts to revive him, Caldwell was pronounced dead at Duke Hospital.
"Quann was following someone who was a whole lot older and doing what someone else was doing. I'm thinking they pushed my son in that pool, and if they did, I'm charging them with murder," Roundtree said.
The Durham Police Department is investigating the incident. They said they have talked with the two teenagers. So far, no charges have been filed.