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Autistic boy who drowned in canal identified

July 18, 2007

Officials identified an autistic boy who died after falling into a Phoenix canal Tuesday afternoon.

Jayson Allan, 8, fell into a canal near Indian School Road and 67th Avenue after having left his daycare group, according to a statement from Sgt. Joel Tranter, Phoenix police spokesman.

A man at a nearby auto lube store saw Allan on the Westside of the canal bank just before Allan fell into the canal around 3:35 p.m. The man ran and jumped in the canal and found Allan submerged in the water and unresponsive, according to Tranter's statement.

The man, along with a passerby, performed CPR on Allan until authorities arrived, according to the statement.

Allan was taken to Maryvale Hospital with no vital signs and passed away there some time later.

Allan was in daycare through the Quest Alliance School, and in a group of children with special needs. Allan and the three other children in his group were getting into a van, when there was a disturbance with two of the other children outside the van, according to Tranter's statement.

Allan apparently unbuckled himself from his seat in the van and walked away unnoticed, according to the statement.
Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
By Becky Bartkowski and Jordan LaPier
Copyright 2007 Arizona Republic

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