Authorities: 8-year-old Ohio boy died of accidental drowning

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A medical examiner’s office says an 8-year-old Akron boy found unresponsive in a northeast Ohio lake over the weekend died of accidental drowning.

The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office issued the ruling Monday in the death of Brandon Kitts Jr. of Akron.

Authorities said the child’s family attended a picnic at Springfield Lake in Summit County on Saturday. The boy’s mother reported him missing around 5:30 p.m. Police said he was last seen about 45 minutes earlier playing with ducks.

Dive team members found the boy submerged about an hour after he was reported missing. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Brandon’s mother told police her son wasn’t familiar with the area and wasn’t a strong swimmer. 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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