September 24 2021 03:30 pm

‘Never did I imagine losing my baby’: 4-year-old drowns in Lodi Lake

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LODI, Calif. (KTXL) — It’s the kind of grief only a mother who has lost her child would know.

“Never did I imagine losing my baby,” said Marissa Kelly.

Around 4:45 p.m. Sunday, the Lodi Police Department says officers and firefighters were called to the southeast side of Lodi Lake for a drowning.

Police said responding officers, an off-duty doctor at the lake, paramedics who also responded, and medical staff at the hospital all performed CPR. But they weren’t able to save Kelly’s 4-year-old son Jaylon.

“God has other plans for people,” Kelly said.

“God had plans for him. But we also did too. And it’s just unfortunate,” said John Tellez, Marissa’s stepfather.

The family is finding comfort through Jaylon’s pictures and four years’ worth of memories.

“Jaylon was the joy of our lives,” said Renee Garcia, Jaylon’s grandmother.

He was also a loving big brother to 3-year-old Cammeron.

“He runs to you, gives you kisses, jumps on you,” Kelly said, tearing up.

The family has experienced this kind of loss before. Kelly’s brother, who is Jaylon’s uncle, and Jaylon’s step-aunt died in 2008.

“I know it brings me comfort knowing that he was there to welcome him with God,” Garcia said.

But there have been some cruel comments from people on social media to Kelly, regarding the tragedy.

“Respect the privacy of me, as a parent. Including the fact that I was not there. I’m not too sure of what happened,” Kelly said. “I have very many questions myself. But bashing me as an individual and sending me these hate comments about a parent … I’m grieving. I just lost my baby. I don’t deserve that.”

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