Two-year-old drowns in Vancleave

The Fourth of July turned tragic for one Jackson County family. They are now mourning the loss of their two-year-old son.

“It’s really scary. I just really don’t know what I would do.” Sherri Gill is a grandmother and says her heart goes out to the Chapman family as they mourn the loss of two-year-old Bryant Chapman who died after wandering off into a pond at his grandmother’s house in Vancleave as the family celebrated the July 4th holiday.

Authorities say the little boy slipped out of the house while relatives were eating lunch. Frantically searching for the toddler, family members found him unresponsive in a pond where they had been swimming earlier. Bryant’s grandmother performed CPR on the two-year-old until emergency crews arrived. Gill knows all too well it only takes a few moments for the unimaginable to happen. “You always think it’s not going to happen to me. You have to watch them. We have a house boat on the bayou and we have railing around it and when my two-year-old grandbaby is there we can’t let her out of our sight. We have to put lifejackets on them if we are not right there to hold them down. You can’t let them out of our sight, not even for a second.”

These are tragic circumstances that parents and families never see coming, but when they do it can be a nightmare for them. “We’ll be praying for them. I don’t know what my reaction would be,” said Gill.

Bryant died early Thursday morning after being airlifted to USA Medical Center in Mobile from Singing River Hospital.  Authorities have ruled Bryant’s death as an accidental drowning.

Meanwhile, friends, neighbors and the community are showing support by contributing to a GoFundMe account set up under Bryant’s name to help with medical and funeral costs. If you would like to help donate, you can visit the GoFundMe page here.

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