Coroner: Summerville toddler dies after being found in pond

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Berkeley Coroner's Office says a Summerville 20-month-old toddler has died Sunday after he was found unresponsive in a pond Tuesday, December 18.

According to the coroner Bill Salisbury, 20-month-old Brandon Homes Jr. was taken to Trident Hospital and then later to MUSC where he died Sunday.

The Summerville Police were called out to Farmington Village Apartments at 12:37 p.m. after the child was found unresponsive in a pond near the complex.

Police say when they arrived, two citizens were giving the child CPR while the child's father was kneeling next to him. Officers checked for a pulse but could not find one. Pair of flip flops and a Spongebob Squarepants rubber ball were found near the scene.

According to the child's father, he went upstairs to grab something and left his child downstairs. When he came back a minute later, the child was missing.

Authorities say the child's death has been ruled accidental from submersion in the water.

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