SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — Criminal charges are possible after a 5-year-old boy drowned at a South Fulton County summer camp.
The drowning happened Friday at the Cochran Mill Nature Center in Palmetto.
According to the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, the camp was not licensed but the department said in some cases camps don’t have to register with the state or get a license.
In a statement late Monday evening, the department said:
The boy’s family told Channel 2’s Lori Wilson that they are heartbroken after entrusting their son to the care of camp counselors.
“Never in a million years did I think that I would be standing here doing something like this,” mother Ayisat Idris Hosch said. “His brother was his best friend. He was his father’s shadow, and he was my heart.”
Hosch is talking about her son Benjamin Kamau, 5. He died Friday while attending Camp Cricket at the Cochran Mill Nature Center.
Police said he was with a small group of children who took their lunch near a waterfall. It wasn’t until the group of 13 children and 4 adults got ready to head back to camp that they noticed Benjamin was missing.
“They robbed us of his life, of his potential. They took that from us and I am broken,” Hosch said.
A statement from the camp today said:
“Their negligence killed my son. They didn’t tell me what they were doing with my son,” Hosch said.
The mother said Benjamin couldn’t swim.
“Somebody’s got to pay for what happened. Someone has to be held responsible,” Hosch said. “I can’t go on. I have to live (with the fact) that I gave them money to kill my son, for the rest of my life. I paid them to kill my son."
In a statement to Channel 2 Action News, spokesman Reg Griffin wrote:
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