Autistic boy's drowning another tragedy for family

COLONY, Mo. | A tiny northeast Missouri town is grieving once again after a 6-year-old autistic boy was found dead in a pond – just months after his twin brother also drowned.

Christian Riley Baucom of Colony in Knox County was reported missing Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday, Missouri State Highway Patrol divers found his body after a small pond was drained.

Christian's brother drowned in a different pond in August. The two boys were living with a Mennonite family because their mother is in prison.

Christian did not live in the home by the pond where his body was found, but was cared for by several different sisters of a Mennonite family.

An investigation continues but authorities believe the drowning was an accident.

| The Associated Press