Boy pulled from yard pond dies

A toddler died Saturday afternoon at a Wichita hospital several hours after his father found him in a backyard decorative pond, police said.

Sgt. Jeff Davis said police received a call about 1:45 p.m. of a submersion in the 1600 block of North Arkansas.

From the preliminary investigation, he said, it appears that the boy, almost 2 years old, had been missing for less than five minutes when his father found him and pulled him from the pond.

Davis said the boy's parents started an immediate search for him after he disappeared from inside the house.

The boy was not breathing when he was taken by ambulance to Via Christi Hospital at 929 N. St. Francis.

As part of the standard response, detectives went to the scene.

Davis said that decorative ponds "can be very, very dangerous" for small children.

The pond was about one-third full with what appeared to be rainwater, he said. He couldn't say how deep the pond is.

There is no enclosure around the pond, he said.

Davis, a 30-year veteran, said, "These are very, very tough for all of us.

"It's a tragic accident, is what it is."