Jacksboro 2-year-old drowns in family pool

Jacksboro 2-year-old drowns in family pool

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Grayson Ryder Phillips (Source: Facebook) Grayson Ryder Phillips (Source: Facebook)
Meghan Ham and Grayson (Source: Facebook) Meghan Ham and Grayson (Source: Facebook)
"This is a very tragic thing that the family's got to go through. I wish I could bring him back," Det. Mike Starrett said. "This is a very tragic thing that the family's got to go through. I wish I could bring him back," Det. Mike Starrett said.
The pool has a tall fence around it. The pool has a tall fence around it.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

JACKSBORO (WATE) - A two-year-old boy drowned Tuesday afternoon after wandering out of his home and falling into the pool.

Grayson Ryder Phillips and his mother, Meghan Ham, had been taking a nap in the house on Springfield Lane. The boy awoke and wandered off.

According to Jacksboro Police Det. Mike Starrett, the boy's aunt discovered him floating face down in the deep end of the pool around 3:30 p.m.

Attempts to revive him with CPR were unsuccessful.

Det. Starrett says the in-ground backyard pool is surrounded by a fence, but the boy was able to get to the pool area through a porch door.

"This is a very tragic thing that the family's got to go through. I wish I could bring him back," Starrett said.

"This family lived for that baby. There's pictures on every inch of the wall in their house," said Lisa Payne, a neighbor and friend of the family. "They bought him this little red wagon and they would prop pillows up around it and he had this head full of black hair that was so thick and beautiful and he was sitting up proud in his wagon and they would take him around for walk every day."

The commotion down the street brought her outside Tuesday afternoon where she saw Grayson's mother.

"I heard Meg come out of the house. I will never forget the scream that she had. It will be in my head forever," Payne said. "They kept a sign up that said, 'Keep door locked, baby in the house.' They were conscious of that and very careful of the pool."

Investigators say they have not determined how the little boy got out of the house or how long he was in the pool before he was discovered.

Police have ruled out foul play in the incident.

Hatmaker Funeral Home in Lake City is handling the funeral arrangements. No plans have been finalized.

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