JACKSON COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) - A family is in mourning after a two-year-old boy drowned Tuesday afternoon in Jackson County.
It happened in the early evening hours at Presley’s Outing in the Franklin Creek community. Officials said the child was taken to Singing River Hospital, where he died.
Verna Ellis lives on the canal at Presley’s Outing. Directly across from her home is the pier where neighbors pulled the toddler out of the water.
“He goes out there a lot anyway," Ellis said. “He’ll get on the boat and then he’ll get off, and I’ve carried him up here one time because I was scared that he’d fall over.”
Day guests had cleared out when Ellis heard her neighbor knocking on her door.
“She come and knocked on my door and said get out here. When I looked, they had the baby laying out and he wasn’t moving or nothing,” Ellis recalled.
That neighbor, who was too distraught to go on camera, said she found the little boy face down in the canal. She said about 30 minutes before that, her husband came home from fishing and the boy and his five-year-old sister were playing near the water. When the neighbor lost sight of the two, she alerted their mother.
The toddler was found in the water right at the dock. Residents said the boy’s mom pulled him out.
“It was a fireman staying down here too and he knew CPR. He done it. Another guy came up and relieved him I think,” Ellis said.
She added first responders arrived about 10 minutes after the call to 911 was made. Then the helicopter touched down in a grassy area between the canal and the campers.
Residents and guests are still shaken up.
“I lost a son, and I can imagine what the mother’s going through and the grandmother, all of them,” Ellis said.
Investigators said the family is from out of town.
Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies, Jackson County Fire, Escatawpa Volunteer Fire Department and Acadian Ambulance responded to the drowning.