Toddler dies after he was found in South Platte River in Denver

DENVER - A missing toddler found in the South Platte River Saturday has died.

Police received a report of a missing child in the 900 block of Alcott Way just before 11:30 a.m.  The boy was found in the nearby river about 15 minutes later.  He was found among boulders in a newly-landscaped area a short distance from his apartment.

"The parents called it in after they noticed the child was missing," said police spokesman Sonny Jackson. "We got out here and started canvassing the area right away and found the child on the edge of the river near some boulders."

The victim was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, according to police. Just before 5 p.m., police tweeted that the toddler had died.

Jackson said police don't know how long the child had been missing before police were called.

"We don't want to speculate one way or the other that they (the parents) did something wrong or they didn't do anything wrong," Jackson said. "We want to basically let the investigation unveil the facts of what did transpire here."

Jackson said the investigation was continuing, as police talked to parents and neighbors.

"It's a very sad, very tragic situation," Jackson said. 

A Denver Police crime scene van arrived outside the home of the toddler just before 5 p.m.


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