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Toddler Found Dead After Drowning

An 18-month-old boy was found in a lake behind his Worcester home after wandering away from his mother and slipping out the back door. The boy managed to exit through a door in the family’s living room that had been left ajar, and he was found unconscious in the water only minutes later. His mother noticed his disappearance and had called 911 to report him missing when her friend found him face-down near the shoreline of Indian Lake, which the home abuts.

The toddler was carried into the backyard where the mother and friend then began attempts to resuscitate him. Several neighbors heard the mother’s screams and also called 911. However, police and ambulances arrived shortly thereafter and rushed the boy to a nearby hospital where he was ultimately pronounced dead.

Sgt. Hazelhurst, a spokesman for the Worcester Police, stated that the incident appeared to be a “tragic accident,” but officers are still in the process of investigating. The child’s name has not yet been released.


The Worcester Telegram, May 31, 2012

Boston.com, May 31, 2012