Granger Smith is opening up about the details that took place on the day he lost his 3-year-old son River, who drowned in the family’s pool earlier this month.
In a video, posted on the family’s Youtube channel, Granger is driving in the car on the way to the farm. The same drive he took many times with his son River. While he felt awkward turning the cameras on to talk about the incident, the need for awareness and to keep fans abreast of how the family is doing.
“Part of me wants to pack up the family, find some secluded cabin in Colorado and disappear, and never be heard from again,” Granger said.. “I don’t think that a lot of you would blame me if I did that. I don’t think it would be wrong if I did that. But when I started this Smith’s channel, this YouTube channel, it took a long time to even decide to do that. But we did that in an effort to share our lives with you guys, so that we could try to be positive role models,” he added, “and it would also challenge us, to keep each other accountable for being positive role models. I feel compelled to keep that going.”
Granger shared that he feels it’s his and his wife’s responsibility to complete the “mission of learning how to heal and learning how to go on with a family that has been broken.” That’s when he went on to share what happened the night of the accident.
“We were all there,” Smith recalled. “The night of the accident I was with all three kids. We were all in the backyard. London and I were playing gymnastics, the boys were playing water gun fight. The events that happened – and this is really important to understand for everyone, especially parents— this whole thing took roughly 30 seconds. We have a pool gate. We have a fence that we built. As soon as we moved into this house we built a fence, with a child lock on the gate. Yes, We take that very seriously.During that sequence of events that, as many times as I’ve gone through these events in my head, which has been a million, there’s a series of scenarios that happened that were virtually impossible, and River found a way to accomplish the impossible several times. He figured out how to get into a child lock gate.”
Granger wanted to remind people that this can happen in an instant. He was only 15 feet away from his on and it all happened so quietly.
“The other important thing to know, and I know I’ll talk about this more in the months and years to come, is how quiet this whole thing happened,” Granger added. “There was silence. I was 15 feet from the gate, which is something that will haunt me the rest of my life. I was 15 feet from that water, doing gymnastics. And A- him getting in there is an almost impossible feat, and B- him silently getting into the water is beyond any of us understanding.”
He continued, “The other thing is, he was a swimmer, and we swam every day,” Granger revealed. “He was around that pool every single day of that long Texas summer. There’s things to account for, when you talk about a kid who can swim, that’s really young, you have to account for wearing a diaper, which adds another 10 pounds to the body. You have to account for shoes. If you can’t learn to how swim with shoes and with a full diaper, that’s a whole different deal.”
Granger concluded with giving an update on his family.
“That all being said, the two kids being there with me when this happened, I’d say they’re doing really good—As far as I know, especially our five year old Lincoln, he’s doing good. London is seven, she was with me and she carries a little bit harder. But I would say all things said, she’s doing good.”
The day that Granger recorded the video was a good ay for the family—The best day he’s had in three weeks, Granger revealed. The family was able to present a check for $218,000 to Dell Children’s Medical Center, the hospital who helped the Smith’s take care of their son.