Child drowns in Memphis home, third drowning in 2 weeks - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Child drowns in Memphis home, third drowning in 2 weeks

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Police and paramedics rushed to a home in the 5200 block of Ogunquit Lane, trying to revive 4-year-old A'veon Joiner Thursday night.

A few hours later, the young boy passed away.

A Memphis Police Major on the scene said the boy was left unattended in the bathtub.

"A'veon was the most joyful person, child, that you will ever ever ever ever see," said his great aunt, Queen Lockett. "I mean, he stayed smiling. He lights up the room when you walk in."

Lockett said Joiner had cerebral palsy.

"Even though he couldn't talk or walk, he kept a smile on his face," Lockett recalled.

She added that his mom, Andrill Thomas, was at home when the incident happened.

Emergency crews took Joiner to the hospital where he later died.

"She was a great mom," said Lockett. "She took care of her kids. Even though she's a single mom, she's a great mom."

Investigators have not determined the exact cause of Joiner's death.

He was the fourth of five boys in his family. Lockett said all four of his brothers were at home before Joiner passed away.

Police have not determined whether anyone will face charges in the incident.  However, it highlights a need for safety and awareness in the community when compared with recent events.

This marks at least the third drowning in two weeks. 

July 5, a teen jumped a pool fence with his friends and drowned in a closed South Memphis pool. 

July 12, a 5-year-old drowned in a pool at a Hickory Hill apartment complex.

To push back against the drownings, a local online radio station is hosting free swim lessons July 18.

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