Kona police investigating toddler death

18-month-old boy found floating in plastic tank filled with water

Published  4:00 PM HST Feb 22, 2013

Big Island police are investigating the death of a toddler in Kailua-Kona as a public accident.

Responding to an 8:58 a.m. call Friday Kona patrol officers made contact with a 30-year-old woman on Lamaokeola Street in Kailua-Kona, who reported that she had been watching her 18-month-old son play in a vacant lot.  She reportedly turned away for a few seconds.  When she looked back, her son was missing.

After searching for 10-to-15 minutes, the woman found her son floating face down in a plastic tank filled with water.  The child was unresponsive when the woman removed him from the tank.

The woman attempted cardio-pulmonary resuscitation until Fire Department rescue personnel arrived.  They took the boy to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:37 a.m.  An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

Detectives are continuing the investigation.  Police do not suspect foul play.

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