Liberty County child who was found non-responsive in swimming pool dies

A 2-year-old who was found non-responsive in a swimming pool on June 15 has died.

Liberty County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Josh Cummings said he was notified by the hospital that the child, Drake Nobles, passed away Tuesday night.

A Sheriff's Office spokesperson said the investigation is still on-going.

A dispatcher on June 15 received a frantic "911" call. The spokesperson said a man and woman could be heard screaming about a 2 year old little boy that had drowned. Due to the frantic nature of the call, only the address of 2007 CR 605 could be obtained and Deputy James McQueen was dispatched to that location. Upon his arrival, family members and friends told Deputy McQueen that the mother and father had left the scene and was taking their child to he local hospital by private auto.

Sgt. Josh Cummins, the lead investigator, briefly interviewed the distraught parents. They told him that adults and children had been at a family bar-B-Q and went swimming in a 3' deep, above ground plastic swimming pool. After swimming, everyone got out of the pool and the ladder being used for access to the pool was removed and taken away from the pool side. The step-father, Dylan Hill, was with other men around the Barbeque pit while the child's mother, Emma Drake, was in the house with other family members. Somehow, the small child managed to get back into the pool without the use of the ladder or without anyone seeing him get in. A family member later found the little boy under water in the pool and pulled him out. It was at this point the frantic call to the Sheriff's Department took place.


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