Seven-year-old Liam Hamilton drowned on Wednesday, July 24, in a private pond located between Redwater, Texas, and Texarkana. The boy had wandered away from his grandfather more quickly than the man could keep up. As Liam was being searched for, his baseball cap was seen in the pond, where his body was later found.
Liam was autistic and was reported missing at about 2 p.m. About six hours later, dive teams recovered the boy’s body.
No foul play is suspected, according to Bowie County Chief Deputy Jeff Neal.
The Redwater community is joining together to help Liam’s family in every way they can, including holding fundraisers.
Shortly before Liam’s fatal drowning, it was reported that 41 children have fatally drowned in Texas so far this year, and summer is only about halfway over. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services strongly encourages parents and all caregivers to constantly watch children when they are in swimming pools or natural waters. It’s especially important to keep watch over small children. Among young children, the leading cause of accidental death is drowning. Most of the victims are male, and the huge majority are under 7 years of age.
Children in Texas have drowned in swimming pools, lakes, ponds, rivers, creeks, and bathtubs. The most common place where children drown by far is in backyard and apartment swimming pools.
The Greater Houston area is where 19 of the 41 drowning deaths of children have occurred in 2013; 12 of the fatalities took place in Harris County.
June and July are typical peak periods for child-drowning deaths. Most of the tragic deaths occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day, when kids are out of school and it’s very hot outside.