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Florida toddler drowns in retention pond

Posted at 3:00 PM, Apr 24, 2019

MACCLENNY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say a 2-year-old boy drowned in a retention pond.

Investigators from the Baker County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Department of Children and Families are trying to determine how Franklin Parker got out of an apartment in Macclenny on Tuesday morning.

The Florida Times-Union reports that the boy's 18-year-old sister was watching him while their parents worked. She told sheriff's investigators they had been sleeping on a sofa at a friend's apartment. She says the boy woke up about 7 a.m. Tuesday and she gave him toys to play with. She was awakened a few hours later by neighbors who said the toddler was running around outside.

They searched and found him in the pond.