March 26, 2016 Share

Tragedy in Crossville: 1-year-old drowns in DeKalb County pond

By Joseph M. Morgan

joseph@southerntorch.com

CROSSVILLE, Ala.—A 1-year-old boy died on Wednesday in a tragic drowning in a backyard goldfish pond outside his family’s DeKalb County home off of County Road 29 in Crossville. A representative from the coroner’s office said there are still members of the family that have not been contacted, so the child’s name has not been released at this time.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, county coroner, DeKalb Ambulance Services, and Alabama State Troopers all responded, along with the Aroney Volunteer Fire Department who was first on the scene at around 3:30 p.m.

First responders said the child was found unresponsive in a backyard goldfish pond. The child was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities said that the drowning was accidental and believe that the child went into the pond when the mother was not looking. The coroner’s office said that as part of standard operating procedure following the death of a child an autopsy would be performed.

Southern Torch will continue to follow this story and update you when we have more details.

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