Possible drowning of 9-year-old prompts investigation

Possible drowning of 9-year-old prompts investigation
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POSTED: Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 12:30pm

UPDATED: Monday, July 1, 2013 - 11:03am

Officials are investigating the death of a 9-year-old child in Baker as a possible drowning.

Emergency responders were dispatched to the Azalea Gardens Trailer Park shortly before 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 27. A resident who was visiting at the pool discovered the young boy at the bottom of the pool.

"[She] jumped into the pool, pulled the child and attempted to perform CPR on the child until emergency personnel arrived," Chief Mike Knaps, Baker Police Department, said. "Detectives learned that the child was at the trailer park with his grandmother, who brought him along with her, while she visited with a friend."

Police officers and paramedics attempted CPR. The child, Ladrius Bradford, was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

According to residents, there was no lifeguard on duty at the pool.

"While speaking with the child’s grandmother, detectives learned that the child did not know how to swim," Knaps said.

An autopsy is being performed to determine the exact cause of death.

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I have also been told that the grandmother threw him in the pool knowing he couldn't swim and watched him drown and that she is not being charged at this time because she is not in her right mind. Really?
????? If that is the case, what is he doing in her care? And what about the safety of the other children in the area????? Is she getting help??? And again, why was the child not pulled out before medical personnel got there? He could have been saved if they had. This is a really sad situation

i pass here everyday, notice that POLICE RESPONDERS pulled the child from the pool. Where was whoever called them to begin with. I find it impossible to believe NO ONE saw this child in that pool and tried to attempt to save this child, even if he was already dead. You had no way of knowing until he was pulled out.

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