• Parents of boy who drowned at camp last summer want to know why charges haven't been filed

    By: Nefertiti Jaquez

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    SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - It’s been eight months since Benjamin Hosch died after drowning at a summer day camp outing at Cochran Mill Park in Chattahoochee Hills.

    A state investigation determined the camp was unlicensed and shut it down.

    “Family is wondering what’s going on with the criminal case,” the family's attorney, L. Chris Stewart, said. 

    It’s been eight months since Hosch died after being found underwater at Camp Crickett. His father told Channel 2's Nefertiti Jaquez it hasn't gotten any easier.

    "He should be here. Growing up,” said Benjamin Hosch II, the boy's father.

    The documents Jaquez obtained also reveal the camp’s director, Terri Clark, allowed the victim and the other 12 campers to splash in a creek along steep rocks.  

    The problem was the young boy couldn’t swim and when he drowned, records show Clark didn't call his parents to let them know he was missing for nearly an hour. 

    “They wanted to make this seem like it was an acciden,t like Benjamin wandered away – the statements in the report state the witnesses that were out there and the counselor and the director of the camp actually saw Benjamin sliding down the waterfall,” Stewart said.

    The boy’s parents are demanding justice and want to know why criminal charges haven’t been filed, nearly a year later.

    “They need to be held accountable for the lapses, negligence, and how they handled this,” Stewart said.

    We reached out to the district attorney who assured us charges will be filed before the end of March and released this statement, reading in part: 

    “We will keep our promise, as we are planning to present this case before a Fulton County Grand Jury in two weeks. We hope that the indictment presentation will bring comfort to the family of this child and our community.”


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