A Rockdale County man is facing reckless conduct charges after two toddlers he was babysitting nearly drowned in a backyard pool, authorities said.
Trevor Bohannon, 21, was watching the 2- and 3-year-olds Thursday afternoon while his girlfriend slept after an overnight shift at work. According to Rockdale County sheriff’s investigators, video footage they obtained showed the children were alone for 10 to 15 minutes.
“He was tasked to supervise the two children, and he left them unattended,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Yolande Lovingood-Moore told AJC.com.
In his arrest warrant, he was also accused of smoking marijuana instead of watching them, she said. More charges are pending against Bohannon as a result.
The boy and girl found their way into the pool outside a home in the 3500 block of Blackberry Lane in the southern part of the county. They were spotted just after 12:30 p.m., and a 911 caller reported the children were drowning.
Lt. Scott Stewart, who was already working in the area, heard the call on his police radio and was on scene in less than three minutes, Moore said. He immediately sprung into action.
Both children had been pulled from the pool by the time Stewart arrived, and the girl was breathing and spitting up water. Moore said Stewart gave instructions to keep the girl on her side and immediately started CPR on the boy.
Stewart kept at it until emergency medical service crews arrived. The children were taken first to Piedmont Rockdale Hospital and then flown to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, where they are still being treated Friday. They remain in critical condition.
Moore said Stewart and the fire and rescue teams did incredible work to save the children’s lives.
“He was above and beyond,” she said of Stewart.
The incident is still under investigation, according to authorities. Bohannon was arrested and is being held in the Rockdale County Jail.
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