A 3-year-old boy was also taken to a hospital after the Sunday afternoon drownings, police say.
The family was fishing on the bank at Rigdon Park and the 3-year-old went into the water, Columbus Police Lt. Lynn Joiner told The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (http://bit.ly/QtUzRQ ).
The mother, holding her baby, went in to get him and all three went under the water, police said.
Chrystal Brown, 30, was pronounced dead at 4:07 p.m., Muscogee County Coroner Bill Thrower said. Her son Mister Brown was pronounced dead at 4:26 p.m. at The Medical Center.
The 3-year-old boy’s condition was not immediately known on Monday.
The 3-year-old went in a shallow area, but there was a drop-off where water became as deep as 15 feet, police said.
Police said the father, who can’t swim, sent other family members to get help.