Detectives investigate 3-year-old boy’s drowning in Homestead

Miami-Dade detectives are investigating a 3-year-old boy’s drowning on Friday night in Homestead. The boy had been diagnosed with nonverbal autism.

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Miami-Dade detectives are investigating a 3-year-old boy’s drowning on Friday night in Homestead. The boy had been diagnosed with nonverbal autism.

Capt. Fernando Morales, a spokesman for the Homestead Police Department, said officers responded to a gated community in the area of Northeast Sixth Street and Northeast 21st Terrace.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel divers recovered the child’s body from a retention pond behind a row of homes.

Despite the life-saving efforts of both first responders and hospital medical staff, the toddler died. The circumstances leading to the child entering the water are still being investigated.

Officers were asking anyone with information about the case to call Miami-Dade County Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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This is a developing story. Local 10 News Assignment Desk Editors Emily Hales and Wilson Louis contributed to this report.


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