• McDuffie boy drowns in pond
By Linda Green

The seven-year-old McDuffie County boy who drowned in a local pond June 4 had wandered away from his home before.
Jeremiah Parker-Ngoy Kalume, who was found non-responsive in a pond across the road from his home on Wednesday eveing, is the severely autistic child who was the subject of an October 2013 search. That search ended with the boy being found at the edge of a pond across from Wrens Highway.
According to Pat Morgan, special agent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation office in Thomson, the child was reported missing from his home at 4 p.m. and law enforcement, neighbors and family members began searching for the boy, who is one of quadruplets.
“He has wandered from home before,” Morgan said.
In October, the boy, who is autistic and non-verbal, wandered from his Perdue Circle home and McDuffie County deputies and firefighters found him standing at the pond before returning him safely to his home.
During the June 4 search, a neighbor found Parker-Ngoy Kalume in the pond at Old Milledgeville Road and Wrens Highway shortly before six. The boy, a student at Thomson Elementary School, was reported to have loved water.
The child was pulled from the pond and was non-responsive. Medical personnel performed CPR, but it was not effective.

To read more on this story, pick up the Thursday, June 12, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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