Nov 292010

A toddler is dead after drowning in a Yuma canal on Monday. The toddler’s family reported the 18-month-old as missing just after 10 a.m. on Monday. His body was found after a cooperative search.

The toddler has been identified as 18-month-old Diego Magallanes of Yuma. Deputies and U.S. Border Patrol agents found Diego’s body in the canal, one mile away from his home on the 3800 Block of West First Street.

Footprints leading to the scene indicate Diego could’ve fallen into the canal where the water’s as deep as three or four feet. Paramedics rushed him to Yuma Regional Medical Center where doctors pronounced him dead.

Yuma county sheriff’s deputies are investigating the incident. They want to know exactly how the little boy wound up so close to the canal. Captain Eben Bratcher with the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office said, “We’ll investigate all of the circumstances to find out how an 18-month-old could have had the opportunity to fall into a canal unsupervised, and we’ll see where that takes us.”

Deputies ask anyone with information on the toddler’s death to contact the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office at (928)783-4427.

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