3 children found inanimate in Quebec river 2 have died


Update: Upton child has been confirmed dead. 

A third child was involved in water-related incidents in 24 hours in the province. Around 7:15 pm on Saturday, police officers from Acton received a call concerning two children who were missing in the municipality.

Before the police arrived at the scene, the oldest child, age 5, had been located by the security guard at a campground. The 5-year-old told the police the other child, 3, had fallen into the water in a river. He was found inanimate in the Black River in the back of a residence.

The toddler was rushed to a hospital and on Saturday night where he was death was confirmed.

In addition, two children’s parties where young people played in or near the pool turned tragic a matter of hours. In both cases boys who were guests at the parties were found in the bottom of the pool. 

In Sherbrooke, a call was made to 911 at 11:15 a.m. Saturday for an 8-year-old boy found inert in a family pool in the Jacques-Cartier borough.

Adults at the scene performed resuscitation and paramedics took over, but the child was clinging to life late Saturday night in the hospital.

The parents were met by Sherbrooke police who are conducting the investigation.

The day before in the Outaouais, an 11-year-old boy drowned in a residential pool in Chelsea at another children’s party. He was found unconscious at the bottom of the pool around 9 p.m.  The police and paramedics were unable to resuscitate him.

This is likely an accidental death, but an investigation will attempt to determine the circumstances.

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