A 2-year-old boy is in the hospital after he was pulled out of a pool Tuesday at a vacation home on Butler Beach in southern St. Johns County.
Deputies said Liam Carson Lambert of Dayton, Ohio is in critical but stable condition after he was pulled from the pool in the 5400 block of 4th Street on Tuesday night.
Deputies said four adults and six children under the age of 11 were staying at the vacation rental.
Adults were gathering the children from the pool area when Liam entered the water, deputies said.
Family members found the boy in the water and were able to get him out. He was taken to Wolfson Children's Hospital by helicopter.
Detectives said there was nothing suspicious about the near drowning and it appears to be an accident.
Neighbor Billy Hennesy had just gotten home when "I heard a young child say 'he's drowned, he's drowned!'"
Hennesy says, “I bee-lined it to the fence and, like I said. I was either going over or through it.”
Hennesy says he saw what looked like a pool man.
Hennesy says “but all the paramedics showed up… so I knew… I put two and two together. From what I heard from the pool tech the baby was already at the bottom.”
Diane Hennesy says “it’s too close. We were hearing kids all week long playing in the pool.”
Diane and her husband live next door.
"You step out that sliding glass door, take two small steps and you’re right down in the water there… there’s a deep end and shallow end. It’s over my head at one point, Diane said.
Late Tuesday evening flotation devices were still sitting in the water.
"I think I’m going to go take my grandson and get his lessons right away now beause we have them at the beach and running in the backyard and you just don’t want that to happen ever."
At last report the child was still in critical condition. SJSO says their investigation into this incident is ongoing.
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