The caller – Newberry wasn’t sure but “assumed” it was the father – was then told to hang up and call 911 again with the hopes that it would “hit Wilson County.”
“You could throw a rock and hit cell towers in Davidson, Sumner and Wilson counties in that area,” Newberry said. “There are so many people, and so many calls, that the calls bounce around off towers and don’t always go where they’re supposed to.”
The situation was compounded because the father wasn’t sure about his location. “He didn’t know where he was,” Newberry said. “Metro couldn’t figure it out, but when he hung up and called back he got Wilson County. They used a GPS system to track his phone, but there was an 18-minute time lapse.”
The initial call, Newberry added, was made at 6:40 p.m., and emergency crews left the Lakeview station at 6:58 p.m.
TWRA, WEMA, and Hendersonville crews assisted in the search. Newberry said the child’s body “floated up to the river back” behind a home, where the owners flagged down a nearby boat. Hendersonville crews commandeered the boat, Newberry said, and pulled the boy from the water.
The child was transported to Summit Medical Center and CPR was administered, but he died after what Newberry said was “a pretty extended time in the water.”
The two brothers were not injured. TWRA officials said no charges will be filed.
Editor’s Note: Tomi L. Wiley is the editor of The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet. She may be contacted at Editor@thechronicleofmtjuliet.com.