Toddler dies after being found in Grovetown pool

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 4:40 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Aug 22, 2012 1:43 AM
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A toddler has died after being pulled from a pool near Grovetown.

Richard Hammonds, 18, of Harlem, helped pull a 3-year-old girl out of a pool near Grovetown.   SCOTT ROUCH/STAFF
SCOTT ROUCH/STAFF
Richard Hammonds, 18, of Harlem, helped pull a 3-year-old girl out of a pool near Grovetown.

Raydin Hollbrooks, 3, was pronounced dead at Doctor’s Hospital at 3:45 p.m., said Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins.

An autopsy will be held Wednesday at the GBI crime lab in Augusta, he said.

Raydin was found about 2:30 p.m. in a backyard pool in the 100 block of Pauline Street after wandering away from her home, also on Pauline Street, said Columbia County Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. The homes are about a quarter-mile apart in the rural community off Louisville Road.

The gate to the fence around the pool was open, Morris said, adding that the case remains under investigation.

When family members noticed Raydin was missing they began searching the neighborhood, Morris said.

A neighbor helping with the search, Deontray John­son, 16, saw the open gate and checked the pool.

When Johnson saw Raydin at the bottom of the pool, he called out to the other searchers and jumped in, Morris said.

Richard Hammonds, 18, of Harlem, a friend of Raydin’s older sister, jumped in to
help when Johnson had difficulty retrieving Raydin, Morris said.

The girl’s sister, 16, and a neighbor performed CPR on the toddler until rescue personnel arrived.

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allhans
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allhans 08/21/12 - 04:47 pm
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Another tragedy that could

Another tragedy that could have been prevented. My prayers with all involved.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 08/21/12 - 06:14 pm
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I'll just comment that it's a
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I'll just comment that it's a tragedy and leave it at that.
Heartfelt condolences to the family.

pommom38
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pommom38 08/21/12 - 06:50 pm
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In better place now

Much as i'd like to say something, I won't.
Just that the toddler is in a better place now and sad that she had to leave this world like that.

DMPerryJr
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DMPerryJr 08/21/12 - 08:03 pm
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I'd Like To

hide behind a pseudonym and bash the parents too and get all self righteous and stuff. (Not really.)

Sounds like this is a tragic accident. God bless all those affected by this terrible tragedy.RIP, little baby.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 08/21/12 - 08:15 pm
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Right, DMP...there, but for
Unpublished

Right, DMP...there, but for the grace of God go I.

JustLilMe
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JustLilMe 08/21/12 - 09:45 pm
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With all these incidents, I'd

With all these incidents, I'd love to see the Augusta Chronicle do a public safety type story on pool safety devices (auto covers, loc tite covers, proper self closure fences, house alarms, etc).

JustLilMe
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JustLilMe 08/21/12 - 09:45 pm
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With all these incidents, I'd

With all these incidents, I'd love to see the Augusta Chronicle do a public safety type story on pool safety devices (auto covers, loc tite covers, proper self closure fences, house alarms, etc).

jackiecira
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jackiecira 08/22/12 - 07:42 am
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This just breaks my heart. My

This just breaks my heart. My son was a victim too of lack of supervision. This is so preventable. What is it going to take for people to realize it only takes a few minutes and your child can be gone forever .

corgimom
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corgimom 08/22/12 - 08:59 am
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She probably knew the pool

She probably knew the pool was there and went to it accordingly. A three year old can wander out of sight in a split second, don't blame the parents. It probably took less than 5 minutes from the time she wandered off to her falling in the pool.

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joycepalmetto 08/22/12 - 02:00 pm
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hurting

My grandson baby ,this would not have happen if he had her little taken from her and for what..people who have kids and just dont care and the little ones have to take care of them selfs. God picked a very special little bud when he got her. rip my darling great grandaughter there well no one who can take your place. nana well mess you so I LOVE YOU Raydin.

allhans
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allhans 08/22/12 - 02:25 pm
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Joyce. I am so very

Joyce. I am so very sorry...God be with you.

TP
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TP 08/24/12 - 10:49 am
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toddler drowns

My little niece will be missed . Such a tragedy. God has special wings just for her., Tracy palmer

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