Suwannee Democrat

Home

September 20, 2012

Hamilton County toddler drowns in backyard swimming pool

Jasper — A Jasper toddler drowned in a backyard pool on Wednesday, Sept. 19, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

According to officials, a 911 call came into Hamilton County Dispatch at 10:55 a.m. Wednesday from the great grandmother of the child, who lives next door to the victim.

Thomas Joseph Lanier II, just shy of two years old, was found floating face up in the family’s above ground pool by his father Thomas Joseph Lanier. The child’s mother, Brianna Lanier, was not at home at the time of the incident.

HCSO Sheriff J.Harrell Reid stated a number of units responded to 510 Palmetto Avenue in Jasper, including EMS.

“They worked extremely hard to revive the child, but their efforts were unsuccessful,” said Reid.

The child’s body has been sent to the medical examiner’s office in Jacksonville.

Reid stated, “We believe this is an accidental death due to drowning, and we will do a complete and thorough investigation.”

Reid said the sheriff’s office will submit a report once the medical examiner’s office submits their findings back to them.

This is the third accidental drowning in a backyard pool this year, Reid said, and he advises all parents who have above ground pools to please remove the ladders when the pool is not in use.

1
Text Only
Local News

Suwannee Democrat
Sports
Jasper News
Mayo Free Press
Arrest Record
VIDEO

Features

Meetings
Opinion
AP Video
Entertainment

Must Read
Business Marquee
Election 2014
AP Video
Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
House Ads
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Poll

Did your student take advantage of local summer activities?

Yes, through 4-H or another club.
Yes, through Parks & Recreation.
Yes, summer food service program.
No, they didn’t.
No, we didn’t know there were any.
     View Results