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Queen Creek toddler dies; found in canal by mother

October 18, 2008

An East Valley toddler has died after he was found by his mother floating in an irrigation canal next to their home.

According to a Pinal County Sheriff's Office spokesman, the 2-year-old Queen Creek boy's parents said they lost track of him before finding him in the canal at about 5 p.m.

The boy's mother reportedly pulled the toddler from the canal and CPR was performed until the boy was air-lifted to a Phoenix hospital where he died.

There were other children at home and it was unknown how the child got out to the canal, said the sergeant. He added the child might have been in the water up to 10 minutes.

The investigation is on-going although there does not appear to be any signs of foul play, according officials.

Friends of the family said the 2-year-old boy was the youngest of six children.

"Cute, cute little kid. Always smiling. He loved to be outside," said Suzanne Woodard. You'd see him on walks with his brothers or his sister."

Woodard said she has known the family for more than five years.

"I can't even imagine what she is going through and my heart aches for her because she cared for her children."

Reproduced with permission from:
Corey Rangel
Copyright 2008 ABC15

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