Child, 12, drowns in Johns Island pond

JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- Attempts to revive a 12-year-old child who appears to have fallen into a pond on Johns Island were not successful, Charleston County Sheriff's Office officials said.

The coroner's office on Monday identified the boy as Adarius Jenkins. Coroner Rae Wooten said everything in her initial investigation points to a drowning, but an autopsy has been scheduled for Monday afternoon.

According to officials, dive teams found the child about five minutes after entering the water off Joe Wright Road. The Charleston County Coroner was called to the scene.

According to sheriff's office officials, deputies were called to the scene off Joe Wright Road around 7:15 p.m. Crews were searching for a missing 12-year-old, officials said, who was last seen near the water 15 minutes before being declared missing.{}

Deputies say family members told them the child was in the water near a dock playing tag with two other children. Shortly after, the 12-year-old went missing and the other children called for help.

As the owner of the property stayed on the phone with dispatch, the others searched the pond in vain.The owner told dispatch that the waters at the dock are 18 feet deep and said that divers would be needed in the search.After five minutes with the 911 operator, the owner gave the phone to his son so that he could join the frantic search for Darius."We've been searching around the pond and the edges down below but we haven't found him," the boy said.

Divers, marine patrol and Air Support joined the search, deputies said.{}

An athletic kid

Adarius Jenkins was going to be a seventh grader at Haut Gap Middle School. His aunt, NyeshiaBrown says he enjoyed the outdoors, most of all playing sports.

"You couldn't talk to him without him capturingyou and you being like alright I will not forget this kid," she said.

His aunt says he was supposed to begin swimminglessons Monday. She says he was always careful around water, and that it cameas a surprise for the family that he had gone into the pond.

"He was never was one to my knowledge who wouldswim in anything that wasn't a controlled environment like with a lifeguard orfamily everywhere," she said.

Brown says the family holds no grudges and theybelieve it was a simple accident.