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Mom of 5-year-old Peoria boy who drown breaks her silence

A Peoria mother is hoping to get some closure and a proper burial for her 5-year-old son. Jasmine Raines son Jeremiah Wilson drowned at Brandywine Crossing Apartments on Friday, June 7th.

It was a quiet, hot day less than two weeks ago. Then a frantic search for a missing boy turned fatal. His mother speaks out for the first time. Five year old Jeremiah Wilson’s mom was sick, and he was going to spend the day with his dad. Then she got a phone call she’ll never forget. Jeremiah was missing.

“We were all looking for him yelling his name. I just remember a bunch of people running out of the building and i knew when those people came out the building that my baby was in that pool,” explained Raines.

Peoria Police Sgt. Bryan Sylvester pulled Jeremiah from the pool. First responders tried reviving him for an hour. But it was too late. “And that was the worst day of my life…The worst day,” said Raines.

Raines says she sent her son to spend the day with his dad and they were going to the pool. But Jeremiah didn’t know how to swim. “It kills me, because I don’t know how to swim. I never took him to a swimming pool or anything like that because i don’t know how to swim,” explained Raines.

At Brandywine Crossing, the two pools go from 3 feet all the way to 9 feet deep. There’s a big sign that says “no lifeguard on duty.” Raines says the burden of paying for the funeral keeps her from mourning her son. “I wake up crying and I got to bed crying, but i can’t really cry for my boy the way I want to.”

Jeremiah wanted to be a police officer when he grew up. And mom says he was always happy, a sweet little kid. “He was just so loving and so sweet and so polite. People just flocked to him, it was something about his spirit, was just amazing…He’s always going to be here with me.”

Raines said she was grateful to Sgt. Bryan Sylvester who sprung into action to try and save her son.

“A lady that I believe may have been management or working at the apartment complex had jumped in the pool and said there appeared to be someone at the bottom of the pool and that’s the precise moment that I jumped in…There was a decent crowd at the pool, a decent amount of males and females present,” said Sylvester.

He performed mouth-to-mouth and CPR on the boy, but it was too late.

Donations toward Jeremiah’s Funeral can be made at any CEFCU location if you just ask to donate to Jeremiah Wilson’s Memorial.

Kyle Beachy

Kyle Beachy is a Multimedia Journalist for 25 News and Heart of Illinois. Born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, he attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he studied Education and played baseball. He comes to us from Columbus, Ohio where he received a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University.

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