Cops: Toddler drowns in Sound Beach pond

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A 22-month-old boy drowned in a backyard pond in Sound Beach Saturday after briefly wandering away from his father, who was packing up his garage ahead of Hurricane Sandy, Suffolk police said.

Police and paramedics rushed to Crane Neck Drive after a 911 call about a child's fall into a 2-foot-deep man-made pond about 5:05 p.m. When they arrived, the boy, whose name was not released, had been pulled from the water but was not breathing, officials said.

"He had been out in the backyard with his father and friend, and the father had been in the garage putting stuff away, securing items from the pending storm," said Suffolk police Det. Sgt. John Best of the Homicide Squad. "There was a short period of time where one thought the other was watching the child. When they realized the kid wasn't with either one of them, they went to the pond and found him."

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The drowning appeared to be accidental, Best said.

The father began CPR, and Sound Beach Rescue personnel rushed the boy to St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, police said. The boy was pronounced dead a short time later.

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