INDIANAPOLIS - Officials have identified a 3-year-old child who died after he was pulled from a retention pond on the city’s south side late Monday evening.
The child, who had been reported as missing, was pulled from a pond in the 100 block of Waterbury Road at the Meridian South Apartments, officials with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said.
Authorities said 3-year-old Braedyn Wilson was pulled from the pond by his parents and he was unresponsive.
Officials said Wilson wandered away from the family’s first-floor apartment that backs up to the pond. His parents called police to report that he was missing, but minutes later, they found Wilson in the pond.
The child was transported to the hospital in critical condition, police said. Officials said the child later died from his injuries.
Tiffany Peters is a mother of a 2-year-old and her apartment also backs up to the pond. She was left asking what can be done to prevent a similar tragedy in the future.
"I would like a fence around it because then it’d be safe, my mind would be at ease," Peters said.
City ordinance does not require a fence around retention ponds, but it has been a topic of discussion at the local and state level.
The Indianapolis Fire Department averages 150 calls for water rescues in lakes, streams and retention ponds.
"They can be very deep at times, there a lot of obstructions under water, that's where people get into trouble," IFD Cmdr. Scott Huff said.
Huff said fences or barriers blocking off the water could help, but the biggest tool in preventing tragedy is awareness.
IFD offers a program geared toward neighborhood associations, churches and other community organizations that helps to teach kids the dangers of retention ponds. IFD will set up sessions by appointment.
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