Missing Toddler Dies After Being Found In Swimming Pool

September 12, 2017
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A missing two-year-old boy from Sharon has died and a death investigation is underway.

The toddler, whose name is Annakin Gammon, was found on Sunday evening in a swimming pool in Masury.

The swimming pool was reportedly fenced in.

Police say that the boy found his way through an opening in the garage of a home by the corner of Syme and Alfred streets near State Line Road.

After he was found, Gammon was taken to Sharon Regional Hospital where he later died.

Police say that the Erie County Coroner is conducting an autopsy to determine the child’s cause of death.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation was in the 600 block of Syme Street in Brookfield Monday morning investigating the incident.

Sharon police went to Gammon’s home on Lafayette Avenue to carry out a search warrant.

There is no word yet if there will be anyone charged in the investigation, which is a joint effort by Sharon and Brookfield police departments.

Police and fire from Sharon, Brookfield, Patagonia, Hermitage, K-9 Units and more were out searching for the missing boy earlier on the day that he was found.

The toddler was last seen Sunday evening near the corner of Lafayette Ave and Erie Street in Sharon.

The toddler’s five-year-old brother, who also went missing earlier Sunday evening, was found at 5:24 pm in Brookfield. The five-year-old is also believed to be autistic and hearing impaired.

Chief Smith says that more details of child’s death and how the two children went missing will be released later.

What Every Parent Needs To Know About Water Safety

We hear it on the news and we hear stories from our friends but it can literally happen to any family in the blink of an eye!

Kids love being in and around the water but we as parents need to ensure their safety at all times. Drowning is one of the top causes of unnatural death amongst children but at the same time, these ill-fated events are very preventable.

We hear it on the news and we hear stories from our friends but it can literally happen to any family in the blink of an eye!

Kids love being in and around the water but we as parents need to ensure their safety at all times. Drowning is one of the top causes of unnatural death amongst children but at the same time, these ill-fated events are very preventable.

Here are a few water safety tips which we as parents can do to prevent such a tragic occurrence and ensure that your time spent at the pool is a happy and safe time for everyone.

Supervision

Never leave a child alone in or around water – be it the pool, ocean or even in the bath! Be watchful and keep an observant eye on the children around water, keep pool gates locked or cover your pool with a certified pool net. A basic course in first aid and CPR will also make a difference in the outcome of an incident should the skills be applied timeously.

Barriers

Having multiple layers of safety around pool and spa areas or any other open bodies of water (such as a safety net, a closed fence and a surface alarm) can prevent tragic accidents.

Prevention is better than cure!

Make sure that these barriers are well maintained and properly fitted at all times. Also make sure that when your kids are swimming over at a neighbour or family member’s home that these are in place.

Swimming lessons

My 2.5 year old daughter has started swimming lessons this year and the first lessons she learnt was how to climb out of the pool and how to float on her back.

Children should actually learn to swim as soon as possible. It’s important for them to be trained in survival skills such as floating and treading water and even if they are able to do so, constant supervision is still always necessary.

Finally and this goes without saying – remember the sunhats and sunblock AND don’t forget to have fun!

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