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Four-year-old girl drowns in Evans pool

Posted: November 4, 2011 - 8:07am  |  Updated: November 4, 2011 - 9:01am

A 4-year-old Evans girl drowned in her family’s swimming pool Thursday.
Joe Brice Kerns III, 35, called police just after 5 p.m. and said he found his daughter, Jayden, in the family swimming pool at their Rutledge Way home, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
Kerns said he left Jayden in the back yard playing with the water hose while he went inside to change his baby’s diaper. When he returned three or four minutes later, he couldn’t find Jayden, the report stated.
After checking the neighbor’s house, Kerns said he found Jayden unresponsive in the pool and pulled her out. Kerns attempted CPR but was uncertain how to perform it, so he took Jayden to a neighbor's house. The neighbor took over CPR while another called 911.

Jayden briefly revived after emergency personnel arrived, and she was transported to Doctors Hospital. She was then transferred to Georgia Health Sciences University Hospital, where she later died, Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.

No foul play is suspected.

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