Created: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 05:25:00 EST
Updated: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:52:49 EST
Mike Lewis says the past week has been a trying time for his family. His grandson Robert Andrew Moody, 2, drowned in one of the Hampton Lake subdivision's lakes Friday.
"Well, they are struggling of course," he said. "They got a lot of support from the community and really the Hampton Lake subdivision."
Lewis described is grandson as "All-American boy", with an infectious smile on his face at all times.
"He seemed like he never met a stranger," said Lewis. "No matter where he went or who he saw, he had that same smile on his face."
Jones County Assistant Fire Chief Bill Wright says Friday was a bad case of de' javu. In July, another two year old boy was pronounced dead but later revived after falling into the same lake.
Authorities can't say how little Robert got into the water, but speculate he fell and tumbled down the hill, his momentum carried him into the water.
Andrew's father, an Iraqi war veteran was there when it happened.
"Even with the most vigilant of parents, a toddler can slip away from you in a very short period of time," said Wright. "And of course they're going to be attracted to water and that's basically the first place that they go."
Wright described Robert's father as extremely emotional at the scene while police officers attempted to console him.
Lewis says his stepson is financially struggling and the burden of now burying a son is taking a toll. The family has set up a trust fund in the name of "Robert Andrew Moody" at all Robins Federal Credit Union locations to pay for funeral arrangements.
Jones County Emergency Management urges all parents to attend CPR training. The county hosts free training for its citizens bi-monthly. Anyone wanting to take the course can call (478) 986-6672.