Drowning of McDuffie County boy ruled accidental

Friday, June 6, 2014 7:27 AM
Last updated Saturday, June 7, 2014 1:56 AM
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A McDuffie County boy’s drowning on Wednesday has been ruled accidental, a coroner said late Thursday.

Sandy Yelton, a deputy Warren County coroner involved in the case, confirmed the cause of death in a text message.

Pat Morgan, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge, said earlier Thursday that his agency will review autopsy results for victim Jeremiah Parker-Noy Kalume, then turn the findings over to the district attorney.

A search late Wednesday afternoon found Jeremiah, a quadruplet, in a pond near the family’s home. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Authorities are aware the family of the victim had recently publicized a fundraising effort to help build a fence to improve security for Jeremiah and his siblings.

In her plea, Deborah Kalume said that her children were autistic and that one had recently slipped away from home. According to authorities, Jeremiah had been reported missing in October from the family home on Perdue Circle but was found near a pond. The state Division of Family and Children’s Services was called in to investigate after that incident.

The Kalumes’ fence campaign had raised about $850 before Wednesday’s drowning. A little more than $4,000 had been raised by late Thursday.

Also, an account has been set up to help with the family’s funeral expenses.

The Jeremiah Kalume Memorial Fund has been created to help offset the cost of pending funeral arrangements, which are incomplete. Donations are being accepted at First Citizens Bank, 235 Main St. in Thomson; at Thomson Elementary School, at 409 Guill St. in Thomson; or at the McDuffie Board of Education office at 716 N. Lee St. in Thomson.

Thomson Elementary School and the school board office will accept donations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

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IBeDogGone 06/06/14 - 08:09 am

My prayers are with this familly having 4 children that are autistic has to be a great challenge and to loose one of the four in an accident compounds the problem. It is my wish that anyone with time and resources reach out and help this family in anyway possible.

bright idea
bright idea 06/06/14 - 06:42 pm
There's an account

set up for burial expenses at First Citizens Bank in Thomson.

corgimom 06/06/14 - 08:24 pm
My prayers and condolences

My prayers and condolences for that family, how tragic this has been.

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