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Augusta, GA, Family Park Had Issues with Electrified Fence Before Boy’s Death

January 22, 2019

AUGUSTA, GA. – According to an online news story from, court documents from the 1990s show that a family park in Augusta, Georgia, had issues with an electrified fence prior to the electrocution death of a 12-year-old boy in 2018.*

In October 2018, a 12-year-old boy and his friends were playing at the Fleming Athletic Complex in Augusta. Their ball went over a fence, and the 12-year-old boy tried to hop the fence to retrieve it. After grabbing the fence, the boy was tragically electrocuted and perished from his injuries.

Since the incident occurred, residents of the community have been looking for answers about how this could have happened. City officials were mum about how the fence could have become electrified. But newly discovered court documents from an early 1990s lawsuit indicate the city had problems with this fence before. 

In 1991, an 8-year-old girl who was playing in the same family park was electrocuted while leaning against and holding onto the same fence. Her family filed a lawsuit against the City of Augusta and Richmond County, Georgia, in 1993. Deposition testimony obtained in that case showed that officials knew about and had previously corrected electrical problems with the fence. 

Several times in 1991, parents informed the county Recreation and Parks department and the youth athletic coordinator about the fence being electrified. Two officials checked the area and felt a tingling electrical sensation when they touched the fence. Inspection showed the ground clamps under the fence had become extremely corroded, and electricians replaced the ground rod, ground clamp, and ground wire of 25 poles. 

It is not clear if officials received any complaints about the fence between the 1990s incidents and the death of the boy in 2018. 

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