A three-year-old boy was found floating face down in a pond in their neighbour’s property in Ingleside, Sydney. His father found him and rushed him to the hospital. The toddler died soon after.
Bob Watts Junior had been riding his bike at his family home in Chiltern Road in Ingleside when he explored the adjoining property before his family members realised he was gone and started searching for him. The incident happened just 3 p.m. on Monday.
The father found the boy floating in the pond about 10 minutes after his disappearance. His bike was there by the side of the pond. Investigators believe that the boy might have tried to jump onto a surf or boogie board floating in the pond, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Bob was then rushed to Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick in critical condition. Initially, police issued a statement after 10 p.m. last night, stating that the boy was in a critical condition but reissued another statement announcing his death after four hours, reported mygc.com.au.
Police said that they had started investigating the case and very soon a report would be presented to the coroner.
“A three-year-old boy found in a pond on a property in Ingleside yesterday has sadly passed away in the hospital tonight. Officers from Northern Beaches Local Area Command have commenced an investigation (and) a report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner,” the statement read.
A neighbor, Joe Gigliotti, said that Bob was a “gorgeous” little boy and he will be missed. Gigliotti was doing maintenance work when he heard the sirens and rushed next door. He informed that the boy was riding his bike on his family’s property before venturing next door.
“He was such a sweet [boy] and so friendly, he was talking to me about 10 minutes before the accident and he had to show me his toy truck with a trailer and a car on top. I feel so sad for his loss,” Gigliotti stated
The incident is a reminder for families of how easily children can drown even in shallow bodies of water when unattended.