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7-Year-Old Boy Drowns in Apartment Pool

Father leaves boy in the pool to go to the restroom.

A Sunday afternoon outing at an apartment pool complex in south Forsyth County turns tragic following the drowning of a 7-year-old boy.

The incident happened around 3:01 p.m. at a pool in the Centennial Apartments in the Windermere subdivision located at 3100 Preston Pointe Way off Highway 20, according to the .

Stephon Alston of Cumming had apparently been playing at the pool when his father left the area to go to the restroom to wipe off his face after he had been pushed into the pool. When he came back, he saw his son’s swimsuit at the bottom of the pool and realized that his son was not resurfacing.

The father jumped in and pulled his son out of an area of the pool that is three to five feet deep, according to authorities.

CPR was performed on the boy, first by residents, and then by deputies. When emergency responders arrived they took over.

Alston was then transported to  where he was later pronounced dead.

The drowning remains under investigation by the Special Victim’s Unit of the sheriff's office.

SOGTP July 30, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Can you even imagine a more sad situation? Had the father not gone, the boy probably wouldn't even have had a problem. This is just so very sad.
Misty July 30, 2012 at 09:38 PM
The family is hurting so bad. I know the aunt of the boy very well and they are in so much pain. Please pray for the this family, and hope that justice is served.
JoAnne July 31, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Why in God's name would you ever leave your child unattended at a pool?
JoAnne July 31, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Does the family live at the apartment complex or were they visiting? Why didn't the father at least ask someone to keep an eye on his son....or better yet, take his son out of the pool and with him to the bathroom!
Haley :D July 31, 2012 at 02:45 AM
My little brother rode the school bus with stephon last year...... and the only words he could describe him as were Kind, Sweet, and Adorable. R.I.P Stephon Alston 2005-12
Michael Copeland July 31, 2012 at 04:53 AM
why did someone say..." Hope justice is served.." Hmmm
JoAnne July 31, 2012 at 08:36 AM
What??
mrs hogfish July 31, 2012 at 10:58 AM
????
mrs hogfish July 31, 2012 at 10:59 AM
justice served?????
Jamie Hastings July 31, 2012 at 09:49 PM
who goes to the bathroom to wipe their face at a swimming pool ? and I the only one who brings a towel ? was his mascara running ? ..... a sad situation with so many questions unanswered
JoAnne August 02, 2012 at 06:02 AM
I totally agree with Jamie!
JDF August 02, 2012 at 01:31 PM
@ Misty, I agree with you, I HOPE JUSTICE IS SERVED TOO. Prayers that it will be. So sorry for your families loss, and special prayers for the boy's father <3
mrs hogfish August 03, 2012 at 10:22 AM
dont u think this man is suffering???? i dont understand the justice served part!
mrs hogfish August 03, 2012 at 10:23 AM
i agree w/ you - dont these folks think this man is suffering - and will for the rest of his life - how much more justice is there than that??????
JoAnne August 03, 2012 at 02:38 PM
what do you mean about justice being served??
JoAnne August 03, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Justice???? What are you talking about???
G.I.Jokla August 08, 2012 at 08:06 PM
If you do not have anything good to say, keep your thoughts to yourself. We were not there when it happened. Who are we to judge? Pray that this will not happen to us. No parent in his right mind will leave their kids unattended. So please these kind of comments is not helpful.
Stephen alston August 08, 2012 at 11:39 PM
I know the father very well, and his pain is more than you can ever imagine. he would do anything to have a son back. if you were not there then you would never understand. judgement will not heal this man nor his family. so pray for the peace and strength

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