Mother describes tragic account of 2-year-old’s drowning

Published: Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 10:41 AM

2-year-old who drowned on Easter Sunday identified

UPDATE @ 12:48 p.m. (April 17):

A Preble County couple is still trying to comprehend the death of their two-year-old son after he was found submerged in the family’s pool on Easter Sunday.

“I guess Nathan had got outside and we didn’t notice.  The back door was open,” said Jennifer Melton, mother of Nathan Melton, 2.  “I just went back to the pool and I found him underneath the water.”

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Nathan Melton was transported to a local emergency room where he was pronounced dead, the Preble County Coroner’s Office said.

Jennifer Melton said the Preble County Sheriff’s Office told her they’re still investigating the incident.

According to the boy’s mother, the family had gathered at their home in the 4600 block of Ohio 503 North between West Alexandria and Lewisburg Sunday around 10 a.m. to celebrate Easter.

She said Nathan Melton “was so sweet” and “you could never be mad at him.”

Jennifer Melton had one warning for other parents who may have a swimming pool on their property.

“If you have a pool, make sure you have a gate around it,” she said.

The family is still in the process of making funeral arrangements.

UPDATE @ 11:35 a.m. (April 17)

This child has been identified as Nathan Melton, according to the Preble County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy is being conducted but the office said the presumed cause of death is drowning.


The Preble County Coroner’s Office is investigating after a 2-year-old boy died in a suspected drowning, officials said this morning.

Investigators said they recovered the boy’s body at a residence in the 4600 block of Ohio 503 North.

The circumstances surrounding the child’s death were not immediately released and his identity also has not been released.

The coroner’s office said the death happened sometime Sunday and an autopsy will be performed to determine an official cause and manner of death.

We’re working to learn more information.