A 3-year-old boy drowned in a pond at Mill Creek Regional Park late Wednesday afternoon. The Bulloch County coroner’s staff had not released the child’s name as of press time, pending notification of other family members.
The first call to 911 dispatching, placed at 5:16 p.m., was that a child had been missing from a playground area for about 30 minutes, and a description was given, said Assistant Coroner Richard Pylant. A friend of the child’s mother had picked up the toddler and his older brother from school and taken them to the park, and the younger child wandered off while the friend was attending to the older one, Pylant said. The friend called the mother, and one of them apparently made the first emergency call.
At 5:34 p.m., a second call went to 911 for the Emergency Medical Service to be dispatched for a child found unresponsive in the pond. A passer-by had spotted the child in the water, and a Statesboro Police Department officer responded, jumped in, pulled the child from the pond and started CPR, Pylant said.
The child was then transported to East Georgia Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The pond is at the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department’s regional park and borders Splash in the Boro, but is not part of the waterpark.
Pylant, who handled the report for the coroner’s office, said he could not release the child’s name Wednesday evening, while the immediate family was in the process of notifying other family members.