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.