Family asks for prayers, privacy following boy’s drowning death

Tyler H. Jones

September 2, 2014

The family of a 1-year-old drowning victim is asking for privacy and prayers following what the sheriff’s office is calling a “tragic accident” Sunday on West Point Lake.

The Troup County Sheriff’s Office said the boy, whose name the Daily News is not releasing at the request of the family, was found unresponsive in shallow water at Long Cane lake access park on West Point Road, south of LaGrange, shortly before 12:30 p.m. Authorities arrived on scene just three minutes after the 911 call was made. CPR and other life-saving measures were immediately taken, but the victim later died at West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange.

Deputy Stewart Smith, a public information officer with the sheriff’s department, said investigators do not believe at this time that the death is suspicious and no charges are being filed.

Troup County Sheriff James Woodruff told the Daily News the mother left the child unattended for only moments.

A family member told the Daily News that the victims and his family were celebrating the Labor Day holiday at the park with several other family members, including multiple children.

An online crowd sourcing effort is taking place to raise money for funeral expenses, and by press time today had raised more than $2,800. The effort is being shared on social media. A link can be found below.

“This is a very untimely and devastating matter for the family and any assistance is greatly appreciate,” reads a description on the website.

This is the second drowning death to occur on West Point Lake this year.

West Point Lake includes more than 40 square miles of water and 525 miles of shoreline. It is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Corps reminds visitors to the lake to always wear life jackets and practice appropriate safety measures when using the lake.

To donate money to help the family with funeral costs, visit: