Fayette County

Lack of brain oxygen caused teen death

The Fayette County coroner on Tuesday said a 13-year-old who was found unresponsive in a Manchester pool last month died of hypoxic encephalopathy — or a lack of oxygen to the brain — as a result of near-drowning.

Timothy Patterson had juvenile diabetes. Diabetic ketoacidosis, which results from a lack of insulin, was a contributing factor in his death. The coroner ruled the death accidental.

Timothy was found unresponsive June 25 in the Beech Creek Recreational Center pool. He was taken to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where he died June 27.

Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Curry, who is in charge of the investigation, said no charges have been filed, but he plans to present the case to a grand jury.

He said there were no adults other than a lifeguard watching Timothy swim.

Curry said another boy told him he had been talking to Timothy when he looked away at a lifeguard. When the boy looked back, Timothy's head was under water, but "he was kind of holding himself up" at the edge of the pool, Curry said.

He said Timothy was under water for "maybe less than a minute."