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Boy, 7, drowns in apartment pool
Authorities: Child didn't know how to swim
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Forsyth County News

Authorities are investigating the death of a 7-year-old boy who drowned Sunday afternoon in a neighborhood pool.

According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Stephon Alston was found about 3 p.m. in water between 3 and 5 foot deep at Centennial apartments in the Windermere subdivision of south Forsyth.

The child was taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth, where he was pronounced dead.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Karleen Chalker said Alston, who did not know how to swim, was at the pool with his father.

The father left the pool briefly to wipe his face off after being pushed in the pool. He returned to find his son at the bottom, Chalker said.

He then jumped in the pool and pulled the boy out as neighbors called 911.

Sheriff’s investigators are working to determine what happened, and whether Alston was in or out of the water at the time his father left.

“There were a lot of people there,” Chalker said. “... We don’t know at this point in time if anybody saw him fall in or not, or if he got in the pool or was playing with someone in the pool.

“Right now it looks like it was probably an accident, but we’re investigating it.”

Chalker noted there was no lifeguard on duty, which she said is “normal for these neighborhood pools and subdivision pools.”

The drowning is believed to be the first in a swimming pool this year in Forsyth and the county’s second drowning in four days.

A 44-year-old man who authorities say had arrived in the country from Mexico a couple days earlier drowned Thursday afternoon while on a family outing at Lake Lanier.

According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Rodrigo Bernal Trejo went under while swimming in the water at West Bank Park, not far from Buford Dam.

Forsyth County fire and emergency personnel recovered his body in about 11 feet of water some 50 feet from shore.

 

Online Editor Jim Dean contributed to this report.