Child drowns in pond near Daytona Beach home

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Daytona Beach, FL – A 2-year-old boy is dead after a neighbor pulled his body from a pond near his Daytona Beach home.

Officials with the Daytona Beach Police Department say it happened around 1pm Monday along the 300 block of Aleatha Drive, close to the intersection of South Nova Road and Bellevue Avenue.

Paramedics were initially called out to the home on 355 Aleatha Drive at 12:50pm after receiving a call saying the toddler somehow got out of his home and got into the pond at the rear of the house, according to D.B.P.D. Lieutenant Jimmie Flynt.

“A neighbor jumped into the pond to pull the kid out,” Flynt added. “They started C.P.R.”

The child – identified as Clayton Bland – was taken to Halifax Medical Center and pronounced dead around 40 minutes after getting the call for help, according to Flynt.

Investigators from D.B.P.D. are trying to piece together exactly what happened.

“I can’t say [at this point] if charges will be filed or not,” Flynt said.

According to police, the child’s mother – 30-year-old Talisa Brown – was watching him as his grandmother – Lillian Brown – left the home to run some errands.

Flynt said the grandmother had custody of both the children inside the home.

“When the grandmother came back home, she noticed that the 2-year-old was missing,” Flynt stated.

It was then, according to police, when the other child in the home – Clayton’s 4-year-old brother –spotted Clayton in the pond.

“It appeared the [kids] wandered outside without being missed,” Flynt added.

Rhonda Moore – the neighbor who jumped into the pond – told police she jumped in the water after hearing screaming coming from the rear of her home.

“The child’s mother [told the neighbor] that her son was in the water and she could not swim,” Flynt said.

The Department of Children & Families has been notified and will be investigating.

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