Acadia

Jun 13, 2011 12:08 AM by Chris Welty

UPDATE: 12 Year Old Drowns in Water Pit

A horrific story out of Acadia Parish where a twelve year old boy drowned.

It was shortly after noon Sunday, when police responded to a call of a boy falling into a "water pit," near
Edwards and Hoffpauir Streets in Rayne. His body was recovered a short time later and his family understandably devastated.

"He fish, he fight, he rides bikes, he does everything that a normal child would do," said Kaylan Dugas.

Twelve-year-old Keshawn Dugas Moten was well known and loved in the Rayne community. Family members say he would often go to a nearby water pit and play with friends and family and even cast his line to fish; little did they know that Sunday afternoon's trip would be his last on the water.

Naomi Dugas, Keshawn's cousin said, "My little nephew cried for help. He ran all the way to the end of the road and the first vehicle that he seen he stopped them and there was a guy named Donald who jumped out to rescue him, but the police told him to back up. "

Keshawns' body could not be located in the water. The Rayne Volunteer Fire Department drained the pit and the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office recovered his body. Naomi Dugas, Keshawns' cousin believes things could have been different if they could have jumped into the water. "To me, they should have let him go because they probably could have saved him."

The Moten family had plans of taking Keshawn to see his father in jail for Father's Day, now they plan on delivering the grim news that his son is dead.

"That's my uncle's child. That's his only child. He's not here to protect his child, but we is. We feel like it was our opportunity to get up and take care of his child. He was a friendly person and anybody would love him. Anybody," said Latisha Harmon, Keshawn's cousin.

Neighbors near the water pit said the lot that it is on had no trespassing signs, but the signs keep disappearing.

Chris Welty
cwelty@katctv.com

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