Monday, June 14, 2010
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ALBANY, Ga. -- Police say that a late afternoon attempt to beat sweltering temperatures resulted in the drowning death of a 7-year-old Albany boy.
Albany Police Department spokesperson Steve Butler says that the boy, and his older brother, who were with a group of other young boys, hopped over a privacy fence of a home with a pool on the 400 block of Endicott Lane. The boys were believed to be intending to take a swim.
According to two separate sources affiliated with the investigation but not authorized to speak to the media, the victim has been identified as John Perry Roberts.
The District Attorney's Child Death Investigation Team was called to the scene. John's body will be sent to Macon today for an autopsy.
According to police, at some point the older brother wandered into the deep end of the pool and subsequently drowned.
Police, fire and EMS units were dispatched to the home in reference to a drowning around 8:30 p.m.
Paramedics attempted to revive John en route to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, but were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead around 8:40 p.m. Monday.
Police were unaware who called for help, but said the boy's brother was unharmed in the incident.