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2-year-old dies after being found floating in Hillsborough lake

Posted at 10:14 AM, Nov 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-02 10:14:58-04

ODESSA, Fla. (AP) — A 2-year-old boy found floating in a Florida lake has died.

The Tampa Bay Times reports Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies say 23-year-old Haley Lauren Eaton found her son, Tristan Valenzuela, floating in an Odessa lake Sunday. Eaton told authorities Tristan and another child were playing in a friend’s unfenced yard when he disappeared that afternoon.

He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead the next day. The county Medical Examiner’s Office says he died from a lack of oxygen to his brain.

The Department of Children and Families says Eaton and Tristan’s father, 26-year-old Daryan Carlos Valenzuela, were under investigation at the time over concerns of domestic violence between the two. Valenzuela was jailed last month on domestic violence charges. He posted bail Monday.


Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.),