Toddler dies after being found in Grovetown pool

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

A toddler has died after being pulled from 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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