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UPDATE: A mother and her boyfriend are facing second degree murder charges in the death of a toddler that died Sunday, after falling into a swimming pool at a Fort Oglethorpe apartment complex.

Elizabeth Reyna, 42, and Billy Ray Crawford, 41, were arrested sometime between Tuesday and Wednesday. They were booked into the Catoosa County Jail. 

Stay with Channel 3 for updates on this story. 


PREVIOUS STORY:  There are many more questions than answers after a toddler was found alone and unresponsive in a swimming pool over the weekend.

It happened at an apartment complex off of Cloud Springs Lane in Fort Oglethorpe. The GBI has now stepped in to help the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department investigate.
    
By law, any ground pool in Georgia must be gated with a child lock. Code enforcement tells Channel 3 this pool was inspected during its construction and passed the test. It's still not clear how the 18-month-old entered the pool, but his death has shaken neighbors. 

"As a mother of 4, I can't imagine losing any of my babies," said neighbor Nicole Morris. 

Residents at Oglethorpe Ridge Apartments say they're heartbroken. Police say two year-old, Noah Smith was found by himself Sunday afternoon. It's not clear who found him, but emergency crews had to break through the locked pool gate to pull him out. Noah later died at an area hospital.

"Something is not right, I just don't understand how the kid got over the fence," said neighbor Tara Land. 

 Investigators  say they're trying to figure out  how the toddler got through the gate.

"That's something we've all been trying to figure out I mean if you look at it you can see the tall iron bars,"  said Morris. "They are very close together."

The fence is taller than me which doesn't say much there is even spikes at the top, it's closed," said Land. 

Workers say the closed pool was secure, they showed Channel 3 how the locks worked, pointing to the gate having 2 separate locks with different keys. Police say their investigation continues.

 "We need to know what happened to protect the rest of our children," said Morris. "This community has a lot of children in it."

The toddler's body was taken to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy. Police want anyone with information about this case to come forward. 
If you saw the toddler anywhere in the complex Sunday, investigators want to hear from you. 


UPDATE: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was contacted by Fort Oglethorpe Police around 4 p.m. Sunday requesting assistance with an investigation involving the body of a 18-month old white male found unresponsive in the pool at Oglethorpe Ridge Apartments. 

GBI says the child, Noah L. Smith, 2,  was taken to Hutcheson Medical Center, and later transported to T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital. Noah passed away at the hospital later on Sunday. 

The child's body will be taken to the GBI Medical Examiner's office in Decatur, Georgia, where an autopsy will be performed. 


PREVIOUS STORY: A child is dead after being found in a pool at a Fort Oglethorpe apartment complex Sunday afternoon.

Fort Oglethorpe Police Chief David Eubanks said it appears no one was around the two-year-old child at the time of the incident.

Eubanks said the child was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

It is not known how the child got into the pool at the Oglethorpe Ridge Apartments on Cloud Springs Lane. 

The Fort Oglethorpe Police Department is heading the investigation with assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

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