Family grieves after boy drowns in Leisure City canal

The victim was a 4-year-old boy with special needs who left his home and walked around a fence to get to the canal where he drowned

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A boy drowned on Saturday in Miami-Dade County’s Leisure City neighborhood, just south of the Naranja area.

A friend of the grieving family said the victim was a 4-year-old boy with special needs who left his home and walked around a fence to get to the canal where he drowned.

According to the Miami-Dade Police Department, divers retrieved the boy’s body from the canal in the area of Southwest 280 Terrace and Southwest 141st Avenue.

“It appears, in a fraction of a second that child was able to exit the front door of the residence,” said Detective Alvaro Zabaleta, a spokesman for the police department.

The canal runs through a residential community, west of the Homestead Air Reserve Park. Detectives are investigating the drowning. The Medical Examiner’s Office took the boy’s body in a van.

“I can’t stress it enough, we live around bodies of water, to teach our children the skillsets of swimming,” Zabaleta said.

Local 10 News Assignment Desk Editor Wilson Louis contributed to this report.

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