Coroner IDs 3-year-old pulled from Ladson pond

Published: Sep. 8, 2023 at 3:13 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 8, 2023 at 11:36 PM EDT
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DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - The Dorchester County Coroner’s Office has identified a child who was pulled from a pond on Friday.

John Tyheem Williams, 3, was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:25 p.m., coroner Paul Brouthers said.

Dorchester County deputies say the body of a toddler reported missing was pulled from a retention pond Friday afternoon.

Lt. Rick Carson said Dorchester County dispatchers received a 911 call about a missing three-year-old at approximately 12:13 p.m. Shortly after deputies, Dorchester County Fire-Rescue, Summerville Fire-Rescue and Dorchester County EMS arrived, they learned the child may be in a retention pond, he said.

The child’s body was found at approximately 12:52 pm., Carson said.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has been called in to investigate the death along with the Dorchester County Coroner’s Office.

There was no immediate word on whether anyone might face charges because of the ongoing investigation. The body will go under an autopsy on Monday, Brouthers said.

The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office confirmed the body of a 3-year-old reported missing Friday afternoon was recovered from a retention pond.