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Child drowns at state beach, Great Sacandaga Lake

July 23, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader-Herald

NORTHAMPTON - Authorities are investigating the Sunday afternoon drowning of a 4-year-old Amsterdam boy at the Northampton Beach state campground.

"The circumstances of how he got away from his caregiver are not clear at this time," Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira said today.

She said the name of the boy cannot be released yet, as the father lives out of town and authorities want to meet with him first.

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A child drowned at the beach at the Northampton Beach state campground Sunday, officials say. The main gate is shown this morning.
(Photo — Bill Trojan, The Leader-Herald)

Sira said county Coroner Margaret Luck pronounced the child dead, and an autopsy was scheduled to be held today.

Luck didn't return a phone call this morning seeking comment.

The drowning occurred in the Great Sacandaga Lake sometime after 4:55 p.m. Sunday at the state beach, according to state police spokesman Mark Cepiel.

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"Obviously, the investigation is continuing," the trooper said this morning.

Cepiel said campgrounds staff were notified at 4:55 p.m. of a missing 4-year-old boy who was "swimming and picnicking" at the campground Sunday.

"A subsequent search by lifeguards and civilians resulted in the discovery of the boy by a 13-year-old volunteer," he said.

Cepiel said a lifeguard began cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the boy was rushed to Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville. Cepiel couldn't say whether the boy died at the scene or was pronounced dead on arrival or at the hospital.

Sira, who was at the scene, said state police and state Department of Environmental Conservation police haven't finished their investigation yet. She said autopsy results are still pending, as well, and it was unclear whether any criminality was involved in the child's death.



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