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5-year-old Benjamin ‘Kamau’ Hosch III drowned at Cochran Mill Nature Center in a waterfall on July 24, 2017 near Atlanta, Georgia. Kamau was attending Camp Cricket with 13 other children as part of a summer camp. On that day the children took a trip to the center to have lunch, hike and play in the water fall. The only problem, Kamau didn’t know how to swim.

Kamau was gone for almost an hour before camp workers noticed that he was missing from the group.

A missing child report was filed and the Chattahoochee Hills Police and Fire department, as well as surrounding jurisdictions, responded and began searching.

Officers talked with the camp director, counselors and others that responded to get a better understanding of what happened to Kamau. In addition to talking with camp members, police also talked with the family.

Speaking out after the tragedy Kamau’s mother wants other people to know that, “What happened to my son shouldn’t happen to anyone…No one should ever feel as broken as I feel right now.”

The day camp has been ordered to close after the death of Benjamin ‘Kamau’ Hosch III.

(Source: Channel 11 Atlanta News)

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8 thoughts on “5-Year-Old Drowns At Georgia Day Camp

  1. leadjustone on said:

    Media reports indicated that this camp was not licensed. Maybe that’s why they didn’t have the proper supervision for this kind of activity. I’m glad they were shut down, and I hope this will make others think twice before they decide to open a daycare without the proper credentials. My heart goes out to the family. It was heartbreaking to hear his mother sobbing during the news conference.

  2. Diane on said:

    Another tragic story. May this baby RIP. Blk ppl, plz allow your children to take swimming lessons. Some of the public pools give free lessons during the summer months. All kids should knw how to swim.

    • Fsmi Gore on said:

      The kid was five years old and left unsupervised. There are more accidental drowning of white kids under five years of age at home and in the neighbors pool than in a summer camp where “blk pple are allowed to attend”

  3. Leslie on said:

    I am in shock right now! I’m just hearing about this, and it literally took place 5 miles down the street from my home! We live out in “the boonies”, and this nature center is near a very large country club complex where they do water activities, skeet shooting, etc. I cannot for the life of me understand why ANY adult would allow ANY child, whether or not they are able to swim, to play in or even NEAR water without being properly supervised! This mom entrusted these people with her precious baby for just a few hours a day, probably thinking that he would have the most joyful time of his life, and now her baby is gone! My Lord! I can’t begin to imagine her pain! My prayers go out to her and the rest of her family. This is just unimaginable….

    • Sister Latney on said:

      According to the attorney at the press conference, those children were not supposed to be there. The camp schedule that was given to the parents stated that on that day, the children would be having a water fight with staff of the fire department. This was complete and utter negligence on the part of the staff. Another interview I saw was from an adult male who said that as a child, he would go no where near that water hole because it was so dangerous. He further stated that even as an adult, he still would not go anywhere near there and it certainly is not a place for children to be. As the family’s attorney stated somebody is going to pay dearly for this gross negligence.

  4. My heart goes out to the mother of this little boy who lost his life.

    I wonder why there were no lifeguards at this Day Camp.
    Someone should have been watching out for the kids who were swimming.

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