8-year-old boy drowns in Springfield Lake

Posted at 12:12 PM, Jul 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-16 12:12:17-04

An 8-year-old boy from Akron drowned in Springfield Lake on Saturday.

A mother reported to Springfield Township Police that her son was missing from the Springfield Lakefront Park at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

When police arrived at the park, the mother said she had last seen her son playing with ducks at the east end of the park where the family was having a gathering, about 45 minutes prior to reporting him missing.

The mother said the child was swimming in the lake earlier in the afternoon but never saw him go back into the lake.

Officers, along with Springfield Township Fire Department, searched the area for the child.

The boy was located unresponsive approximately 30 feet from the shore in 4-feet deep water.

The boy was taken to Akron Children's Hospital where he later died.

The child's name is not yet being released. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Officer will perform an autopsy on Monday.