BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (April 22, 2015) — Authorities say a 4-year-old boy died after going into a pond near the border of Monroe and Lawrence counties.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office responded Tuesday evening to a report of a missing child in the 9900 block of South Chapel Hill Road. The Monroe County Coroner confirms the boy is Nathan Sutherland.
The boy's mother told deputies that he ran out of the house, chasing dogs into a wooded area, and that she couldn't find him after about 15 minutes of searching.
Deputies, conservation officers and state troopers searched the property and eventually found the boy's boots near a pond. A Bloomington Police Department K9 officer led first responders to the pond. One deputy got into the water and found the boy in about five minutes.
"He took his gun belt off. He took pretty much the majority of his uniform off and entered the water," said Monroe County Sheriff Department Cpt. Ryan Davis.
First responders attempted to resuscitate the child after he was pulled from the pond.
He later died at a hospital.
Neighbors say Nathan was extremely energetic and always smiling. They say they never considered the pond to be dangerous. It's normally dried up, but because of recent rains, there was about four feet of water in the pond when Nathan drowned.
Cpt. Davis said this is a warning to parents to keep an eye out for their kids while they're outside playing.
"Be aware that accidents can happen in a flash and this is a very tragic accident," Davis said.