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Family of Killeen toddler found in pool speaks out

KILLEEN, TX - Family members of the Killeen toddler who died over the weekend are speaking out after the child was found in a family pool.

"He was always smiling, he was always happy," says great-grandmother Brigette Sellman. 

All Sellman has left are memories of her great-grandson Caleb Icmat. 

"He just brought joy to everybody," Sellman said. 

Last Saturday afternoon, things took a turn for the worst when he went missing. 

"Kylee, which is Caleb's mom, she was looking for him inside the house, didn't see him, and then she looked outside. And that's when I heard a scream," Sellman said. 

The toddler managed to open the back door and wander into Sellman's backyard pool where his mother found him unresponsive.  

"She found him in the pool floating. She picked him up. I came running outside and performed CPR on him right away, but I knew it was too late," Sellman said. 

First-responders were called out to the home on Peppermill Hollow Drive just after 6:30 p.m. Icmat was rushed to Seton Medical Center in Harker Heights, but later died. 

"We lost it at that moment," Sellman said. 

Sellman says her great-grandson was taken too soon. Yet even with the loss, the joyous toddler was able to touch so many in the short time he lived. 

"He just brought a lot of love in our lives. He brought families together and friends because all of our friends just loved that little boy," Sellman said. 

May 25 would have been Icmat's second birthday. Family members will hold a balloon release at the Destiny World Outreach Center in Caleb's memory. 


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