Mother charged with murder after 3-year-old drowns in pool

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Emergency crews were called just after 1:30 p.m. Monday to a home on Canter Lane in Cartersville, where the child was found unresponsive in a pool. A deputy pulled the boy from the pool, but the child was unconscious and not breathing.

Paramedics determined that the child had been underwater too long to be resuscitated, Bartow EMS director Brad Cothran said.

Investigators arrested the child’s mother, Bobbie Jessica Prather, 32, just after 6 p.m. on one count of felony murder and four counts of cruelty to children.

The woman’s three other children were taken into protective custody.

Prather remains in the Bartow County Jail. 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this report.

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