Deputies: Child’s drowning tragic accident

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A four-year old boy drowned Sunday in a pond at an apartment complex in Washington Township.

Deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 1400 of Finger Lakes just before 7:15 p.m. Sunday. They found Carter Kelb, 4, in a pond.

Police say Kelb’s father told them he and his son took a nap Sunday evening around 6:30 p.m.The father says he woke up to the sound of a dog barking and realized the boy was gone.  Police say the father rushed outside to look for his son and found him in the pond.

Emergency rescue crews immediately started CPR.  Deputies say the boy died at Southview Medical Center.

The Arbors of Yankee Vineyards and Simms Management’s President Jim Ritterhoff said, “At this time our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends who lost their cherished loved one. Out of respect we will not have any other comment.”

This most recent incident has officials and medical experts advising parents of the dangers of these large bodies of water when it comes to children.

“Obviously, when you’re dealing with young children around water, trying to supervise them at all times is the best thing possible,” Captain Jeff Papanek said. “You always can’t have your eyes on your children so locks on the door can helps– some type of alarm system that would sound if somebody opens that door and gets out by mistake.”

Dayton Children’s Hospital also offered some tips to help if you find a child drowning.

Emergency staff nurse Michele Nadolsky, R.N. explained that parent, “They need to see if they can open the child’s airways and assist the child in any way to help them breathe. If they are a small child and they can hold them in their arms and lean them forward and administer back blows similar to if their child was choking. If it’s an older child they may need to lay them down and administer abdominal thrust, same as if their child were choking and not conscious.”

Nadolsky also advises first and foremost call authorities to get medics to the area as soon as possible, then perform CPR on the child.

Investigators say they do no believe Kelb’s dad will be charged in this accident. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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