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Drowning victim's family speaks after accident


It was a tragic Fourth of July for one family.

The parents of drowning victim King Christian Frazier spoke publicly for the first time on Wednesday after they found their 4-year-old son lifeless at the bottom of the neighborhood pool at Godley Park.

"The last thing I told him was put your shoes on the right feet and then I was like 'see y'all later,'" said King's father Christopher Frazier.

Frazier says that's the last time he saw his 4-year-old son. His mom was taking the kids to the pool at Godley Park where some of their relatives live.

Janet Haynes, King's mother, says it was a day she'll never forget, and yet it's still a blur.

"I don't exactly know what happened, I couldn't tell you that," said Haynes.

Haynes said her son couldn't swim but he was wearing a floating inner tube in the water. She says they were keeping a close eye on him, but in a matter of seconds, he was lying on the bottom of the three foot pool unconscious.

"I just dived in the water and asking everyone to help me," said Haynes.  

That's when she and several others began CPR while they waited for the ambulance. They said it took almost twenty minutes for the police to arrive; precious time that believe could have saved his life.

"It seemed like hours," said the victim's grandmother, Laverne Haynes. "It could have been minutes, but God knows, it seemed like hours."  

Apparently there was some confusion about where the pool was located but the family says they know everything happens for a reason.

"We don't blame anyone, we just thank God for the support," said Laverne Haynes.  

"We just got to stay strong so we can get through this but we are going to be," said Janet Haynes.

The parents are trying to stay strong for their two other children who are six and seven.
Funeral arrangements are scheduled for this Saturday at St. Johns Baptist Church, The Mighty Fortress at 10 a.m.

Now, the family hopes other parents and neighborhood communities can learn from this tragedy.

Safe Kids officials say they have available life jackets at public boat ramps for children and this might be something neighborhood pools without lifeguards should also consider.

"It might be great idea if neighborhoods put something together and worked with their neighborhood association to gather life jackets or have some kind of program where kids can borrow them when they need them and leave them when they are done," said Alison Huffman, Safe Kids Coordinator.

If your HOA would like to add loaner lifejackets to their pool, you can contact Safe Kids.


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