A man was so distraught at what he saw floating in his above-ground pool that he grabbed a hammer and demolished the structure and drained all the water.
Around 7p.m. Friday night a toddler was reported missing in Virginia Beach. She was found 20 minutes later, floating in Kevin Dillard’s pool.
Despite the best efforts of first responders, the little girl died.
Dillard was so devastated by the discovery that he tore it down Sunday morning, as soon as police cleared it as a crime scene.
Kristen Zels, a local photographer, posted a heartbreaking description to her Facebook page (the post has since been deleted):
“This morning I had the assignment that no journalist wants. The one where a child has died and you have to go talk to the parents, neighbors, anyone you can to best tell the story of what happened.
Last night, while in the care of her grandmother, a toddler was reported missing from her Virginia Beach house. Shortly after, her body was found in the pool of her neighbor, Kevin Dillard.
Robyn and I showed up this morning to try to speak with the parents of the young girl and instead first found Mr. Dillard and his family. Tearing down the pool, once filled with happy memories, that a little girl had drowned in the night before.
In the pouring rain, he cried, while using a sledge hammer to pull down the pool. He couldn’t look at it anymore and he absolutely didn’t want to make the girls parents look at it either, he said.”
Dillard’ niece, Katrina Taylor, told reporters, “he’s got the biggest heart.”
The girls name and age have been withheld from the media although it is reported that she was staying with her grandmother at the time she went missing.