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3-year-old child drowns in Baldwin County pond

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Joseph Farrell (Photo courtesy Christopher Farrell) Joseph Farrell (Photo courtesy Christopher Farrell)

A Baldwin County family is mourning the loss of their tree year old son.  Sheriff’s investigators say Joseph Farrell drowned in a pond near the family’s Magnolia Springs home Saturday morning, August 5, 2015. 

“He was full of life, full of energy.  He loved Mickey Mouse, Paw Patrol and his favorite wrestler was John Cena,” Joseph’s father, Christopher Farrell said.

Joseph would have turned four in September.  His father, Christopher was working Saturday morning when he got a call that no parent wants to get.  Sheriff’s investigators said Joseph and his brothers and sister were walking home from their grandmother’s to their mother’s house, a distance of only about 40 yards when his attention was drawn to the pond.

Southern Baldwin County got several inches of rain on Friday, the day before the drowning.  That heavy rainfall had the pond’s water well out of its banks.  Joseph’s father thinks that’s what peaked the children’s’ curiosity.

“I think he just saw water and just went for it,” Farrell said.  Arianna, she’s going to get in the water, but she’s a little hesitant.”

Christopher said Joseph’s five year-old sister, Arianna alerted the family to the tragedy.  Baldwin County Sheriff’s Deputies and rescue crews tried to resuscitate him at the scene.  He was taken to South Baldwin Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  Now, instead of planning a birthday celebration, the Farrells have the difficult task of making funeral arrangements. 

“I was going to get him a Mickey Mouse birthday cake.  His birthday was September eighth.  I told the kids that, you know, he’s not here physically with us, but every year from here on out I will get him a birthday cake and celebrate his birthday,” Farrell explained.

The accident’s been especially difficult for Joseph’s brothers and sister.  Farrell says he intends to seek counseling for each of them.  The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help with Joseph’s funeral expenses.  

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