TRUMBULL, Conn. (1010 WINS/CBS 2) — A Trumbull boy was pronounced dead several hours after he was found in a Bridgeport pond, and not long after he was reported missing, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.
1010 WINS Reporter Al Jones on the tragic story in Trumbull
Drenching overnight rain may have played a role in the frightening disappearance of the Connecticut toddler.
The 2-year-old was apparently swept away by a river running through his Trumbull backyard.
Young Thomas Chisholm’s toys were scattered in the yard on the far side of his family’s house, the side of the house that faces away from the Pequannock River, CBS 2’s Lou Young reported.
The rushing waters, swollen by overnight rain, apparently proved too much of an attraction for the toddler. Police got a frantic emergency call from the boy’s mother at about 10:30 a.m., and neighbors looked everywhere.
“I went all the way around the house and everywhere, all over the place, to search for the baby – couldn’t find him,” neighbor Joseph Riccio told Young. “The mother always watched him, all the time.”
Searchers hoped in vain that the child had found a place to hide near his home, in a parked car or an open field. It was, though, the search along the river bank that lead them to their grim discovery.
The boy was foundat about 12:30 p.m. 5,000 feet downstream at Bunnells Pond, a place where the river widens at Beardsly Park in Bridgeport.
“Very cute, very nice little baby,” Riccio said.
Trumbull police say the incident appeared to have been an accident, and that nor charges are expected.