Passed out camper left behind at Florida summer camp

Posted at 12:53 PM, Jul 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-17 13:04:20-04

BRADENTON, Fla.-- Kelly Fraser showed the area where her son, Carter, passed out, overcome by heat.
She learned what happened, from a text from another mom. "I  just found your son passed out on the playground with nobody around. And I'm like what?" she recalled.

Kelly raced to the park, took Carter home, then to a hospital for heat exhaustion and severe dehydration.

She believes the Manatee County Summer Camp Program, dropped the ball.

"They neglected my son, and they chose to do nothing about it. Um, not even a phone call," she said.

Amica Collins is the mother who sent the text. She and her son, discovered Carter at the playground, disoriented.

"It took a couple of times to try and wake him up, and it was, 'are you OK buddy? Are you all right?' You know, at least 2 or 3 times just rubbing his back, shaking his shoulders," she said.

A Manatee County spokesman sent a statement saying, a teen camp counselor counted one child, twice.

Carter was found quickly and reunited with his mother, and from now on, a roll-call will be done, instead of a head count, and unannounced visits will be made.

Fraser said Carter is staying at her mother's house during the day and hasn't been back to camp.

The division manager met with camp counselors and told them he's disappointed and went over the rules.