Security camera offline at pool where teen drowned - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Security camera offline at pool where teen drowned

L.E. Brown community center pool (Source: WMC Action News 5) L.E. Brown community center pool (Source: WMC Action News 5)
13-year-old Cedric Walton (Source: Family) 13-year-old Cedric Walton (Source: Family)

A teen drowning at a South Memphis pool is raising safety concerns for many people.

Cedric Walton, 13, died Sunday at the L.E. Brown Community pool on South Orleans Street.

Police said he and his friends jumped a locked fence to get into the pool. None of the boys knew how to swim, but Walton ended up in the deep end and could not keep his head above water.

WMC Action News 5 spoke exclusively with the teen's family Monday. They told reporter Jerry Askin the teen made a mistake by breaking into the pool.

They said they want others to learn from this tragedy.

Meanwhile, WMC Action News 5 learned new information about the night Walton died. 

The camera that was supposed to monitor the pool when Walton drowned was offline.

This means the people who were supposed to watch over the pool never saw several teens, including Walton, jump the fence.

“I think it's important for the cameras, for the safety of the kids, to keep them safe and out of trouble and know what's going on at the pool while it's closed,” South Memphis resident Lorenzo Davis said.

The pool opened again Tuesday.

David Robinson said his company, Delta Surveillance, has contracts with the city. He said the cameras lost wireless connection Saturday, making it impossible for his staff to see the pool grounds. 

He said it appears the system underwent an update Saturday morning which knocked the cameras offline.

Sunday, Cedric Walton died.

Mayor A C Wharton said the city is working to find ways to prevent tragedies like this one from happening again. He also voiced a few concerns. 

“Why was it out of operation? How long has it been out of operation, whose responsibility was it to report it and to whom were they to report it?" 

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