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Father of boy who nearly drowned found dead; neither foul play nor suicide suspected

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The father of a 6-year-old boy who almost drowned in the City Swimming Pool two weeks ago was found dead this morning, but authorities do not suspect foul play or suicide in the 33-year-old Sulphur Springs resident’s death.

Jeramie Antron Smith was pronounced dead at 9:15 a.m. at the South Como Street home where he had been staying with relatives.

Justice of the Peace Yvonne King ordered an autopsy, but like Sulphur Springs police who answered the initial call, the judge does not suspect any foul play or a self-inflicted cause of death.

It is common procedure for a justice of the peace to order an autopsy any time there is an unattended death, but Smith’s age was also a compelling reason to determine the exact reason he passed away, King said.

Police were told Smith had gone to the emergency room at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital Wednesday after complaining of minor chest pains. Officers said they were told he was diagnosed with some type of virus, given some medication and sent home.

One of the relatives Smith was staying with in the 200 block of South Como told officers she heard him get up to go to the restroom about 4 a.m. but did not hear anything that would indicate he was in any pain or discomfort.

At 8:56 a.m., police dispatchers took a call that the 33-year-old man had been found unconscious by his bed.

King said he was deceased by the time she arrived.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Mason and Mason Mortuary.

Jeramie Smith is the father of Caleb Smith, the 6-year-old Sulphur Springs boy who was pulled from the deep end of the city’s swimming pool on Tuesday afternoon, June 9.

Caleb, whose mother is Rochelle Scott, was at the pool with other children from His Kids Learning Center when he somehow ended up in the water.

Caleb was found “floating somewhere in the middle of the deep end” of the pool, but officials are still unclear how long the elementary student was in the water or how he got there.

“We don’t know if he was there 15 minutes or 1 minute or less,” City Manager Marc Maxwell said after an investigation into the incident was completed. “Nobody saw him go in or how he got there.”

Caleb was pulled from the pool and administered CPR before being taken to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, then flown to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.

At last report, he remained in the Dallas hospital.




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