Cumberland County woman recognized for saving toddler from drowning


HOPE MILLS, N.C. (WNCN) – A toddler is OK but his mother is now facing criminal charges after he wandered off and a neighbor stepped in to save him from drowning.

It all happened on La Quinta Lane between Hope Mills and Fayetteville on Friday.

Cumberland County Sheriff Ennis Wright said the toddler went through a fence with his dog, got across a wooded area with no clothes on and to the neighbor’s gated pool. 

That neighbor was Evelyn Brewington.

She said she happened to walk passed her back window and saw the boy and his dog in her backyard.

In a matter of seconds, they were underwater. 

That’s when Brewington said she took action.

“When I came out that door, I jumped in,” said Brewington. “He was under so I pulled him up, put him here and then I got the dog.”

Brewington was recognized for her life-saving efforts.

“I felt we should recognize her for her good deed, and that way we let citizens know that by just doing an act, it’s not thankless,” said Wright. 

When deputies found the toddler’s mother, Sharnae Quitilda Fuller, she was arrested and charged with misdemeanor child abuse.

The 31-year-old mom received a $1,000 secure bond. 

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