Ms. Ross and her two sons had been cleaning out the Merrit Island, Fla., family's chicken coop when she instructed the two boys to turn off the hose inside the house, said Lt. Bruce Barnett of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. When the elder son returned without Bryson, Ms. Ross searched for the boy around the house before finding him face-down in the family's pool.
She administered CPR as her other son dialed 911.
That was at 5:22 p.m., Florida time. ABC News reported the 911 call was made at 5:23 p.m. and that paramedics arrived at 5:38 p.m. Ms. Ross's first tweet about the mishap was at 6:14, which Barnett said was made from a hospital waiting room as the family held out hope for Bryson.
The second at 8:08 p.m.,
What followed the second Tweet on other websites and on Ms. Ross's 5,400-member feed, at Military-Mom, was a string of messages -- some supportive, but also others that criticized her for tweeting about her son's death.
The backlash shows the double-edged nature of depending on online ‘friends' for solace, says Dan Liechty, of Illinois State University.
Mr. Liechty, of ISU's social work department, said Ms. Ross did what any parent would do -- she sought support from what she felt was her "community," the same as a generation ago, parents would have been on the phone, getting friends -- even strangers -- to pray for them.
"That's totally appropriate then. I mean what else is she going to do? The medics are there, she's feeling she needs the support of her community --and that's her community," he said.