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UPDATE: Police Identify Toddler Who Drowned


UPDATE: Lansing Police have identified the 2-year-old who drowned in a backyard pond on Tuesday.

His name is Tirso Perez.

Rescue crews found him in water that was 5 to 6 feet deep. He had been under water for about eight minutes.

Police say both of his parents were home at the time, but are still looking into whether they were inside or outside.

Stay with 6 News as we continue to follow this case.


ORIGINAL STORY: A family is mourning the death of a toddler who drowned Tuesday in a neighborhood pond.

A quiet afternoon in the south Lansing neighborhood turned into a time of terror and panic for a family now dealing with tragedy.

"This is very difficult, so we're trying to do anything we can to ease the pain," said  Sgt. Joe Brown, Lansing Police Department.

Around 11:30 a.m. the Lansing Fire Department, Lansing Police and the Capital Area Dive Team were all called out to a house on Groveneberg near I-96.

A 2-year-old boy had fallen into a pond behind the family's home. The fire department was the first on the scene. @

"A firefighter was able to wade in, felt around the murky water, felt the victim and was able to pull him out," said Sgt. Brown.

Police say the boy was underwater for around 8 minutes. They found him about 6 feet off shore in 4 to 5 feet of water.

"They don't waste anytime getting them to the hospital and to get him immediate medical care," said Sgt. Brown.

Fighting against the clock, the young boy was rushed to the hospital where he died a short time later.

"There's still much more to learn. We need to interview witnesses, family members... and try to find out more about what occurred...and how it led up to this," said Sgt. Brown.

Police are still investigating this accident. We will bring you information as it becomes available both on-air and here on www.wlns.com.

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