Young boy dies after going into diabetic shock at a city pool

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

The young Manchester boy who went into diabetic shock at a Clay County public pool Friday has died.

Police are trying to determine if negligence was involved.

People say he was a small boy with a big heart.

Thirteen year old Timothy Patterson fought for his life after going into diabetic shock, But he could not hang on.

“It's a terrible tragedy! a tragedy I can't imagine what his family or anyone related to him what they're going through. Myself, that is all that's been on my mind for two days,” Clay County Middle School Principal Wayne Napier said.

Patterson has battled diabetes almost his entire life and Napier says everyone always made sure to keep a close eye on him.

“We knew that from his past medical history that he needed a lot of attention,” Principal Napier said.

Attention that police say he may not have received.

The Clay County Sherriff’s office has opened up a child neglect case in reference to the passing of the teenage boy that occurred Friday.

Medical officials say carefully monitoring a diabetics blood sugar level is important.

They stress that in children it can be even more crucial.

“Anytime anyone dies from diabetes it's a tragedy overall, especially for a child. It's really important to realize it's important that your body work right,” Veronica Bowley said.

Napier says Timothy was just a normal everyday kid whose presence will truly be missed.

Police say they have not filed any charges in this case.

Funeral arrangements are set for 13-year-old Timothy Patterson.

Visitation is Thursday at noon at the Morgan Branch Pentecostal Church in Manchester.

His funeral will also be at the church at two on Friday.

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