6-Year-Old's Drowning Death Ruled Accidental

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A coroner has ruled that the death of 6-year-old Jude Kraft at Worthington Hills Country Club Friday was an accidental drowning.

The boy's body was pulled from the deep end of the club's pool after a search by Perry and Sharon townships police and the Franklin County sheriff's office. Jude had been reported missing at the country club about 5 p.m.

Dr. Mark Hickman, Delaware County's coroner, reported that there was no evidence of traumatic injury and ruled Jude's death an accidental drowning, according to Perry Township Police Chief John Petrozzi.

A lifeguard pulled Jude from the pool and officers performed CPR to try to resuscitate him, Petrozzi said. Worthington medics rushed him to Nationwide Children's Hospital satellite clinic in Lewis Center in Delaware County, where he was pronounced dead at about 7 p.m.

Carly France, 14, was at the pool on Friday. On Saturday, she was at the Perry Township police station to pick up her items from the pool.

She said that she believes the boy was with a group of friends, but then couldn't be found. She said a girl and two boys jumped into the pool, and the girl said she thought she saw something.

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Two lifeguards jumped in, she said, and the boy was pulled out.

"Everybody was crying," Carly said.

The country club's general manager did not return a call seeking comment.

Jude was in kindergarten at Bluffsview Elementary School. His mother is a teacher at Worthington Kilbourne High School.

Petrozzi said in an interview Saturday that the investigation continues. He said he spoke with Jude's parents on Friday but hadn't done so on Saturday.

"We're still looking. We have some video to review. It's ongoing. Once the detectives are done, we will make a final release as to what the results are."

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