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18-month-old boy who drowned in pool at Warner Robins home identified

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A toddler died after drowning in a Warner Robins pool early Saturday evening.

“He’s not breathing,” a crying girl told a Houston County sheriff’s deputy on the front lawn of a house on Bayberry Court, according to an incident report.

The deputy ran to the back yard and saw a woman administering CPR to 18-month-old Bentley Locklear, whose face was a shade of blue, the report said.

The deputy started chest compressions, relieving the 36-year-old who was the boy’s legal guardian.

“As I was doing chest compressions, water was coming out of Mr. Locklear’s mouth,” the deputy noted in the report.

Locklear was pronounced dead at the Houston County Medical Center about 7 p.m.

Capt. Randall Banks said the boy’s guardian told investigators she had gone to the bathroom and did not know where Locklear was when she returned.

He had gone outside to the above-ground pool.

“She knew where (the children) were when she went to the bathroom, but they weren’t in the same place” when she returned, Banks said. “Unfortunately, they move quick and you can’t see them with your eyes every second.”

Banks said the death is being ruled accidental and “we don’t expect that to change.”

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