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North Augusta Boy, 5, Dies After Being Found in Swimming Pool; Coroner & ACSO is Investigating


A North Augusta boy has died after being found unresponsive in a swimming pool, and the Coroner’s Office and Sheriff’s Office are investigating.

Press release from Coroner Darryl Ables on Saturday:

“This morning the Aiken County Coroner’s Office responded to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia regarding the death of a  North Augusta Child.  The initial incident occurred on February 6, 2021 at 2:00 pm at home in the five hundred block of Grady Ln., Beech Island.  The child was found unresponsive in the home swimming pool and was transported by EMS to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries at 6:48 this morning.  The child, Riggs Lindsay (5) will be autopsied Monday morning in Newberry.  The Coroner’s Office along with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is continuing with the investigation.”

Reaction is pouring in to the sad news, including this long post on the Belvedere Elementary School Facebook page:

“It is with the deepest regret and sadness that I inform you about a recent loss to our Belvedere Family. I was notified today that one of our students, Riggs Lindsay, has passed away. I’m sure this loss may raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for our entire school, most especially our teachers, staff, and students who knew and loved Riggs.

We are working closely with our school district’s Crisis Intervention Team to help with the needs of students, parents, and school personnel during this difficult time. We will have counselors available for any student who may need or want help or any type of assistance surrounding this loss. We encourage you, as parents, to also feel free to use our resources.

If you would like additional information or need assistance, please contact Sharon Worley, Coordinator for Counseling and Career Services, at 803-641-2651.

We are deeply saddened by this loss to our school community and will make every effort to help everyone as needed. Please continue to keep Riggs’ family, teachers, classmates and school family in your thoughts.

Please feel free to call BES with any additional questions (803-442-6330)”

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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