Wednesday, June 4, 2014
THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW) -- It's a night for tears in a McDuffie County town. An entire community is hurting after a 7-year-old boy drowns in a pond close to his home.
"A child has been lost. Anybody would [cry]," neighbor Beth Smith said, wiping away empathetic tears.
Smith was on her way to her own home to help with the search when she found out the boy she'd be looking for had drowned.
"We were going to look. We have several ponds, and we were going to look. And I grabbed a bottle of water. I thought..." Smith said as she trailed off into tears.
Jeremiah Parker-Ngoy Kalume, 7, was found in a pond on Old Milledgeville Road and Wrens Highway shortly before six after he went missing just hours before. He's one of a quadruplet.
Searchers pulled him out of the water and tried CPR at the scene. Doctors tried again at the hospital but had no luck.
Smith didn't even know the boy, but that doesn't stop her tears.
"I mean you lose a child, that's just lost. I didn't know him, but that's still a child," she said.
The pond sits less than a mile from where the child lived. As the community searched together, now they'll mourn together.
"When you're in a community, everybody cares," Smith said. "I wish they hadn't found him. I wish he'd just still be sitting somewhere."
GBI is assisting the McDuffie County Sheriff's Office with the investigation. We're also working to learn more about this 7-year-old.
He was pronounced dead at University Hospital McDuffie, Morgan said.