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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.

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