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Child Drowning In Delaware County

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DELAWARE COUNTY, OK -

According to Delaware County Sheriff Harlan Moore, on Wednesday, August 3 at 5:47 p.m. the Delaware County Sheriffs Office received a 911 call reporting a possible drowning of a 4 year old child, later identified as Braven Simmons, from Locust Grove, Oklahoma. The child had been swimming in an area commonly referred to as "low water bridge" on S. 524 Rd and 423 Rd. just north of the mouth of Lake Eucha, in rural Delaware County.

Sheriff Moore and Delaware County Sheriff's Deputy Jesse Hendricks responded to the scene, along with Eucha first responders, Jay EMS and Mercy EMS. The child was transported to Integris Grove Hospital, and then helicoptered to St. Francis Children's Hospital in Tulsa via Mercy Life Line.

Braven was placed on life support, but never showed any sign of brain activity. Doctors discontinued the artificial life support on Friday morning, August 5. Subsequently, Braven Simmons was pronounced deceased at 9:59 a.m.

The child had been at the creek for approx. 2 hours with his mother April Simmons, her boyfriend Jeremy Pullen, his 3 year old brother and 8 year old sister. The child had been jumping off of the bridge and swimming in approx. 3 feet of water according to Simmons and Pullen. When they noticed that Braven was not with the other children they began searching the nearby wooded area and the area around the family vehicle after his 3 year old sibling said that Braven "... went to pee."

Braven was found under water several minutes later by Pullen, underneath the bridge that he had been jumping off of. Pullen carried Braven to the creek bank where he started CPR which continued until EMS arrived on scene and took over.

Sheriff Moore said that a joint investigation is underway by the Delaware County Sheriffs Office and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

Sheriff Moore related how quickly a fun family outing can turn tragic in a very short period of time, reminding adults to closely watch their children when in and around water.

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