A toddler died Tuesday after being pulled from a pool near Grovetown.
Raydin Hollbrooks, age 3, was pronounced dead at Doctor's Hospital at 3:45 p.m., said Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins. An autopsy done Wednesday at the GBI crime lab in Augusta revealed that Raydin drowned, he said.
Raydin was found about 2:30 p.m. in a backyard pool at 140 Pauline St., owned by Rex and Karen Newman, after wandering away from her home at 125 Pauline St., said Columbia County Sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris. The homes are about a quarter-mile apart in the rural community off Louisville Road.
The gate to the fence around the above-ground pool was open, Morris said.
The case remains under investigation.
Raydin had wandered away from her home undetected, and when family members noticed her missing they began searching the neighborhood, Morris said. A neighbor helping with the search, Deontray Johnson, 25, of 126 Pauline St., saw the open gate and checked the pool.
When Johnson saw Raydin at the bottom of the pool, he called out to the other searchers and jumped in to rescue her, Morris said. Kirk Hammonds, 18, of Harlem, a friend of Raydin's older cousin, jumped in to help when Johnson had difficulty retrieving Raydin from the pool, Morris said.
Raydin's cousin and a neighbor started CPR on the girl until rescue personnel arrived.
Morris said the investigation is ongoing.