4-year-old boy drowns in Marietta

By: Robin Beal Email
By: Robin Beal Email

MARIETTA, OK – A young Marietta boy drowned in the family swimming pool just after noon Thursday. Robin Beal reports from Marietta with more on how the tragedy happened.

Authorities say it appears the young victim in this case simply managed to slip outside in his grandmother's backyard, for just an instant. Moments later the child was in the swimming pool. By the time his grandmother discovered where he had gone, it was too late.

It happened in a quiet Marietta neighborhood at a home in the 600 block of Summit Street shortly after noon Thursday. Authorities have not yet released the name of the child who died.

Authorities say he lived in the home with his grandmother. Officials from the State Medical Examiner's Office, the district attorney, as well as Department of Human Services were on the scene for some time looking into the incident.

Marietta Police Chief Linda Johnson said Thursday afternoon it was simply a tragic accident.

"We're thinking that he may have just slipped out of the house and thinking he was still in the house, searched the house, and he was actually in the pool. He was used to swimming with ‘floaties’ on. It's just sad," Chief Johnson said.

Neighbor Johnny Bullard was one of the first people on the scene.

"He was with his grandma all the time and she'd be out watering her flowers and planting, and he'd be right with her.”

Johnson says the grandma he was so close to was the one who found him.

"She jumped into the pool to pull the little boy out and when she did her cell phone was in her pocket so it would not work, so she actually had to go next door to get somebody to call 9-1-1," Chief Johnson said.

Longtime neighbors Bullard and his wife sprang into action.

"I followed her over to her house. You had to go clear through the house to get there, and he was laying on the deck"

The child was taken to a Marietta hospital where he was pronounced dead. No charges are expected to be filed in this case.

"Right now it appears a tragic accident. The child did not make it,” Chief Johnson said.

"It's tragic for everybody involved."

Authorities say the boy had just recently celebrated his fourth birthday.


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  • by Suzanne Hash Location: Bartow Co on Jul 1, 2011 at 03:53 PM
    When GOD calls little children to dwell with him above.We mortals sometimes question the wisdom of his love.For no heartache compares with the death of a child who does so much to make our world seem wounderful and mild.Perhaps God tires of calling the aged to his fold,so he picks a rosebud before it can grow old.God only knows how much we need them and so he only takes a few to make the land of Heaven more beautiful to view.Believing this is difficult still somehow we must try.The saddest word mankind knows will always be "Goodbye".So when a child departs we who are left behind must realize God loves children,Angels are hard to find.
  • by kalee Location: 73456 on Sep 2, 2008 at 08:53 PM
    i no i love kaysen and i hope the family is all right and i will be praying for him in my church jessica nows how i am and i have feeling for this little presioce 4 year old little boy kaysen is a angel and when ppl say she dont kare about her baby yeah she does and she loves him she just couldnt take care ok him at the time she was sick and she was having a hard time i think so get u story straight before u say anyhting bc i know my little bud kaysen and he is mine and jessica's and him grandma's and my baby and neal's baby so ... bye
  • by In disbelief Location: Marietta on Aug 20, 2008 at 06:18 PM
    I believe at a time like this, only comments of sympathy, sorrow, and prayers are appropriate. Anything else is untimely and unnecessary. Please give everyone involved (whose emotions are running wild as it is) a chance to grieve. My prayers are with ANYONE who had the joy of knowing Kaysen Bush.
  • by Unbelievable Location: Marietta on Aug 18, 2008 at 08:22 AM
    This is the most dis-heartening post of comments that I have ever read. A innocent little boy has lost his life and all people can do is get on here and protect their reputations. We have all made mistakes, YOU have to live with them. It is sad that it takes such a tragic event to open people's eyes. I know all of the parties involved and sadly I am not shocked to see what has been posted. It is easy to get on here and type who you think is right and wrong. No one knows the entire story and it can be taken from many different points of view. However I do have a brief opinion that after everything here, I believe needs to be said. For ANYONE, to get on here and downplay a dads involvement after such a tragic event, is not thinking about the child at all. Yes his dad should have tried harder to spend time with him, but as a mom you should want your child to know his dad and not but up such obstacles. And not try and replace him with someone thats convienent for you.
  • by Brenda Location: Marietta on Aug 17, 2008 at 10:26 PM
    I read the past several comments and the obit, sounds like the maternal family was trying to paint a pretty picture in place of what is really the truth! The parents should have been taking care of their kid rather than living their own selfish lives!
  • by Beth Location: Thackerville on Aug 17, 2008 at 08:53 PM
    Where was the mother when the boy was drowning? I'm sorry for the grandmother, but you parents need to take care of your own kids, you made them after all!
  • by MICHELLE Location: MARIETTA on Aug 17, 2008 at 04:26 PM
    WELL MY PARAYERS GO OUT TO THE GRANDMOTHER AND MR MANNING AND REST OF THE FAMILY DURING THIS TRAGIC EVENT.. I AM A FAMILY MEMBER OR MR MANNING AND HE IS THE BIOLOGICAL FATHER OF THIS YOUNG BOY.. HE WAS NOT ALLOWED TO SEE THIS KID ONLY WHEN IT WAS CONVENIENT FOR THE FAMILY .. AND HE CARED ALOT ABOUT HIS SON.. JESSICA WAS NOT IN HIS LIFE SHE WAS SPENDING MONEY AND USING DRUGS. THATS WHY KAYSEN LIVED WITH HIS GRANDMOTHER.. SO MRS BUSH GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT.. I FEEL SO SORRY FOR THE PRECIOUS BOY. HE WAS SO SWEET AND GORGEOUS... I PRAY FOR HIS GRANDMOTHER ,,, I CANT WAIT TO MEET HIM IN HEAVEN I LOVE U
  • by Jessica Bush-Thogmartin Location: Marietta on Aug 16, 2008 at 03:34 PM
    I am the mother of Kaysen Bush. First of all, his father, whose name is Neil, and I would like to thank all of you who wrote caring comments about the untimely death of our precious son. Secondly the comment posted by Michelle was incorredct in multiple ways, if your going to write about my precious angel, please spell his name right and obtain the correct information. You said i WOULDNT let him see my son, Kaysen was still in Oklahoma city when Mr. Manning came to the funeral home.His Dad and I didnt even get to see him either. Your comment was tacky and untruthful, please do research before expressing your opinions next time. thank you.
  • by Anon on Aug 16, 2008 at 02:58 AM
    pure tragedy, a young life gone. will be in my thoughts, no use praying, cause if there was a God this little boy would still be alive.
  • by Linda Location: Rubottom on Aug 16, 2008 at 01:10 AM
    Michael, I'm so sorry to hear this. Jack and I are thinking of you. Hang in there. Love Linda and Jack
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