Toddler twins drown in pool

Published 11:59 pm Thursday, July 30, 2009

An Opp family is mourning the tragic loss of 2-year-old twins who died of injuries sustained after falling into a family pool Wednesday afternoon.

Covington County Sheriff Dennis Meeks said the incident occurred at a private residence on Weaver Place Road, north of Opp, shortly after 5 p.m.

“When first responders arrived, rescuers were performing CPR on two 2-year-old twin toddlers,” Meeks said. “The children were transported to Mizell’s emergency room by ambulance while rescue workers continued efforts to resuscitate the children.”

The Sheriff’s Office declined to identify the toddlers; however, sources close to the family revealed their identities as Kenadi and Brayden Ramer, the daughter and son of Gregg and Meredith Ramer.

Meeks said hospital staff worked diligently at attempts to resuscitate the children. However, their efforts were unsuccessful on Kenadi Ramer, who was pronounced dead at Mizell Memorial Hospital.

Brayden was immediately life flighted to the University of Alabama at Birmingham hospital; however, sources close to the family said he died due to his injuries Thursday around lunch.

“Based on our investigation, we have determined that the toddlers’ near drownings were accidental, and family members did everything possible to revive the children,” he said. “The Sheriff’s Office has provided limited information in the case out of respect for the families, in consideration of the age of the victims.

“This is a tragic situation,” he said. “I appreciate the tremendous outpouring of effort and concern from our community and citizens for this family. Events of this nature show how close and how quickly our community comes together to support each other.”

Opp Police, Opportunity EMS, Sheriff’s Posse members, and the Friendship and Union Grove volunteer fire departments also responded to the scene.