Boy Who Drowned In Septic Tank Identified

Montrose County Toddler Fell Into Open Tank

Montrose County authorities have identified the 2-year-old boy who died after falling into a septic tank at his family's home.

Sheriff Rick Dunlap said Steven F. Flores-Avilla was discovered missing at about 7 p.m. Sunday. He apparently wandered away from several adults who were riding four-wheelers and horses.

Family members and neighbors noticed him missing and looked for him for about an hour. He was discovered unresponsive in the septic tank.

A neighbor called authorities at about 8 p.m to say he was found in the water and was not breathing. Several people, including searchers and sheriff's deputies, performed CPR on the boy, who was transported to Montrose Memorial Hospital.

He died a short time later.

Montrose County Coroner Dr. Thomas Canfield said the boy's death was consistent with drowning, but an autopsy would be performed to determine an official cause.

Dunlap told the Montrose Daily Press the septic tank was open or otherwise not secured when the boy fell inside.

The contents of the septic tank were about 29 inches down from its rim, but it was not known how much liquid was in the tank, Dunlap told the paper.

The boy's death is being investigated as an accident and no charges are expected.

The sheriff advised parents to be extra vigilant with young children and to never let them out of their sight.

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