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Mother of drowning victim still searching for answers

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Jeannette Stevens holds back tears, continuing to mourn the death of her little boy, Jon. 

"I will not stop searching and finding answers," she vowed. "I cry. I want to know why my son is gone. I want to know why I can't hold my baby anymore. And why I don't have any answers as of April 13."

That's when the Richmond County Sheriff's Office says Jon's body was found in the backyard swimming pool of his Hephzibah neighbor, after his mother reported the boy missing. Despite the Sheriff's Office assurances, the grieving mother believes it wasn't accidental. 

"Richmond County did not call a crime scene investigator, nor did they collect any evidence, nor did they contact me," said Stevens. "That's why the SCLC has followed me and supported me and I thank them for the help."

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference President Charles Steele Jr. also demanded answers at a news conference outside the Richmond County Judicial Center.

"Ms. Stevens is standing up today," he said. "And she's not going to back down. We're going to bring in a national movement. Right here in Augusta."

Then, the group made a sudden decision to go to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office to try to talk to Sheriff Richard Roundtree.

The group wasn't able to meet with him today, but Sheriff Roundtree did send a statement to WFXG:

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is deeply saddened by the death of 8 year old Jon Stevens and our hearts go out to the family. We have interviewed all known witnesses and we have found no evidence that would be inconsistent with any statements obtained. An autopsy was performed by the GBI Crime lab and we have not received any preliminary reports or concerns from the Medical Examiner that this death was not the result of an accidental drowning. At this time, we have no evidence to indicate any signs of foul play but the case will remain open until a final Autopsy is completed.

"We're gonna tell the world about Augusta if we don't get justice," said Steele. "But at this time, I have no more conveyance until we meet with the sheriff."

Pacified by the promise of a meeting with the Sheriff, the SCLC president is now waiting to decide the group's next move.

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