Toddler dies after drowning in retention pond near Chantilly home

- A Virginia family is suffering through the tragic loss of their toddler after he wandered into a retention pond near his home and drowned.

Police said the 3-year-old boy's parents didn't know he had left the home and walked to the pond. When they started searching for the child's whereabouts, his family and neighbors found him in the water unresponsive.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said the 911 call about the boy's drowning came in shortly after 2 p.m. The incident happened Thursday afternoon during storms that was passing through the D.C. area.

“We heard some noise and then my wife came down and she called 911 because some toddler was lying in the pond,” said neighbor Sasi Gopinadam. “So the father dragged him out of the water and then my neighbor administered the CPR. I took the 911 call and put it on speaker. While he was administering CPR, they couldn't unfortunately revive him. The ambulance came in nine minutes after the call.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said the child passed away at the hospital.

The community where this happened is filled with families with young children. This tragedy has renewed concerns for some about the lack of a fence for the retention pond.

“If a fence was there for the pond, a life would have been saved today,” said Gopinadam. “It's shallow water, but for a toddler, it's enough to get drowned.”

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