Officials identify 4-yr-old who died after being rescued from river; cause of death pending
CENTRAL, La. (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office released the identity of a child who died after being rescued from freezing water on Saturday, Dec. 24, but the cause and manner of death have not been determined.
The child was identified as Matias Stricker Abreu, 4, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office.
The East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office reported on Tuesday, Dec. 27, that following the preliminary autopsy, the cause and manner of death are pending further studies.
Authorities said the child wandered off and got lost during a hike with his father.
According to officials, the Central Police Department received a call from a ‘frantic’ parent around 2:40 p.m. saying his son walked away from him and he couldn’t find him.
Multiple agencies including the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Central Fire Department, and the St. George Fire Department assisted with the search.
Central Police Chief Roger Corcoran said after an hour of search, the boy was found in the Amite River, near the BREC Frenchtown Conservation Area. A fireman went into the water to rescue the child.
Officials said the child was taken to the hospital in critical condition but later died.
When asked how the child ended up in the river, Chief Corcoran said, “We don’t know if he fell or jumped in, it’s unknown.”
Chief Corcoran thanks those who were involved in the search. “The fireman did not hesitate to jump in the water, and we know that water is probably 10 degrees, he did his job as a first responder.”
The investigation has been turned over to the detectives in the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.
This is a developing story.
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