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Charlotte mother speaks about son drowning at beach on Mother’s Day

Joshua William Baker was pulled out of the water and died Sunday afternoon at Carolina Beach.
Joshua William Baker was pulled out of the water and died Sunday afternoon at Carolina Beach. WBTV via WECT

A Charlotte man drowned on Mother’s Day after taking his mom to Carolina Beach.

Carolina Beach police and fire departments went to a medical call around 2:20 p.m. in the 400 block of Carolina Beach Avenue. A swimmer, later identified as Joshua William Baker, had been removed from the water by witnesses at the scene, police said.

First responders began life-saving measures but said the attempts were unsuccessful.

The medical examiner’s officer will determine the cause of death. No foul play is suspected.

“My only son, gone,” Baker’s mom, Madonna Baker, told WBTV Monday night. “I can’t take care of him. I don’t have no money to take care of him. I don’t know what to do.”

She said Josh Baker was swimming with his niece and nephew when she lost sight of him.

“I look at ’em and I said where did they go, where did they go? Where’d he go? I couldn’t see him,” Madonna Baker said.

Baker’s niece and nephew made it out of the water. They said the currents were strong and they explained to Josh’s mother what happened.

“We told her that we are OK, but we couldn’t find our uncle,” said Kirsten Baker.

Josh Baker wasn’t missing long. The family heard sirens and when they saw a body wash up on shore, they knew it was him.

"His whole body (was) blue. It looked just like he’d been beaten,” his mother said.

His friends and family in Charlotte are heartbroken.

“It’s hard inside,” Jason Miller, one of Josh Baker’s friends, told WBTV. “It’s hard to deal with, but we do know he is in a better place, but it still sucks.”

Baker’s mother said she is upset by a lack of lifeguards. Officials said lifeguards start to staff the beach on Memorial Day.

WBTV is a news partner of The Charlotte Observer.

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