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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 13-371

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • September 16, 2013
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Accidental Drowning

    4-year-old boy drowns in family's swimming pool.
    • Saturday
    • September 14, 2013
    • Time: 8:00 PM
    • 206 Hamlin Court
    • Valrico, Florida


    Johnny Ray May (deceased)
    DOB: 12/30/2008
    730 Providence Trace
    Brandon, Florida


    Based on preliminary information at the time of this release, the following circumstances are believed to have led to this incident which remains under investigation;

    On September 14, just before 8 p.m., Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 from the residence of 2306 Hamlin Court in Valrico after a 4-year-old Johnny May was pulled from the bottom of a pool unresponsive.

    According to the preliminary information, the maternal aunt and uncle of May dropped him off at Hamlin Court address to visit with his two siblings who were attending a BBQ/pool party. May and other children had been in the in-ground swimming pool through out the day and utilized “water wings” since he was unable to swim.

    As everyone exited the pool, May went inside the residence in order to use the bathroom. A short time later, the adults in the residence went to locate May since he had been inside the bathroom for an abnormal amount of time.

    When they checked the bathroom, they discovered May was not inside the residence and immediately began to look around the yard and fenced in property for him. During their search, May was observed at the bottom of the deep-end of the pool without his “water wings”.

    May was pulled from the pool and two adults immediately began CPR. The first two deputies who arrived at the residence relived the two adults and took over CPR efforts. Paramedics with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue arrived and began advanced life support efforts while rushing May to a local hospital. May died a short time after arrival.

    Child Protection Investigators with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office were notified and have opened an investigation of the incident.

    Preliminary findings at this time indicate no foul play or any gross negligence was involved. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiners Office will determine Official cause of death.

    The investigation continues....
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