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4-year-old boy dies after falling into icy pond in Wayne County

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Posted at 6:09 PM, Dec 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-25 18:11:05-05

DALTON, Ohio — The 4-year-old boy who was in critical condition after falling into an icy pond on Sunday has died, according to the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.

On Sunday around 11 a.m., the East Wayne Fire District responded to the 1300 block of South Eckard Road after receiving a report that two young boys had fallen through a layer of ice on top of a pond, according to authorities.

A 56-year-old man had taken his 6-year-old and 4-year-old grandsons with him to work on the South Eckard Road property. The boys had wandered off onto the ice when they fell through it, authorities said.

The man attempted to rescue the boys but also fell through the ice, according to authorities.

When rescue crews arrived they were able to pull the man and the 6-year-old out of the water. The 6-year-old was not breathing when they pulled him to shore, but after performing CPR, rescuers were able to restore his breathing. After rescuing the man and the 6-year-old, crews were informed the 4-year-old boy was still under the water, authorities said.

Rescuers swiftly found the 4-year-old boy, who did not have a pulse, administered CPR and resuscitated him, according to authorities.

Both children were then transported to the hospital where the 4-year-old boy later died.

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