HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) - A 3-year-old boy who was pulled out of a retention pond in Homestead has died, police said.
7SkyForce hovered above the scene at an apartment complex in the area of Northeast Sixth Court and 21st Avenue, off Kendall Drive, just before 6:40 p.m., Friday.
Homestead Police responded in reference to a missing nonverbal child on the autism spectrum. Officers requested Miami-Dade Police K-9 and aviation units.
Surveillance video captured the child going into the pond, Friday afternoon.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue divers spent around a half hour conducting a search in the water before they located the toddler in the pond, which is located behind a community clubhouse.
Paramedics transported the child to Baptist Health Homestead Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Officials said preliminary information indicates the boy drowned. It remains unclear how long he went missing.
Investigators are attempting to determine how the boy made his way into the water and whether or not anyone will be charged. The child’s parents are cooperating with detectives.
Miami-Dade Police is assisting Homestead Police with this death investigation.
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