Mom issues warning to parents after 13-year-old son drowns
SPANAWAY, Wash. -- For the first time, a grieving mother speaks publicly about her 13-year-old son who drowned over the weekend in Pierce County. She's sharing her pain over the loss to warn others.
Walking us through her family pictures, you get a sense of how much Shanay Rosborough loves her children and her family.
"My kids and my husband is my world," said Rosborough.
But that world came crumbling down this weekend when her 13-year-old son, Jayce, drowned at the Little Mashel Falls near Eatonville Sunday. She shared pictures of Jayce just moments before the tragedy.
"He was in the water and the water was up to his knees, so it was really low," said Rosborough. "He was smiling the whole time, so he was having a great time."
Rosborough said Jayce went to the water with family friends. He didn't know how to swim but had adult supervision. Family friends told Rosborough he fell into the water.
"He wasn't holding onto anything, so he slipped," said Rosborough. When he slipped, he fell on his stomach and the whirlpool swept him away.
Losing Jayce is a pain Rosborough says is hard to explain, because he wasn't just her baby. He had also stepped up to help her as a recent disability affected her mobility in the past two years.
As painful it is for Rosborough to talk about what happened to her son, she shares this message about safety.
"No matter if your kid can swim or not, they need their life vest," said Rosborough. "Don't have your kids be scared of water; teach them the safeties of water."
They're words of wisdom she's offering in hopes no one else experiences this kind of loss.
"Treat every day like it's the last because you never know when you're going to see your child," said Rosborough.
Funeral services for Jayce Rosborough will be held at Fern Hill United Methodist Church on Tuesday, July 5, at 10 a.m.