MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Florida. – A grieving mother and father told Local 10 News after their autistic 3-year-old son drowned in the Miami-Dade Southwest Channel early Saturday morning.
Letitia Elise, mother of Cayden Petit-Foer, said her son left the house just after midnight, walked down the street and fell into the canal.
“I took my daughter into the shower (and) when I got out of the shower I realized the door was open and that’s when I noticed my son was out,” she said.
The family said they were desperately looking for a child they said was autistic.
Calling the police, the officers told Elise that they had found the boy unconscious in a canal about 150 yards from the family’s home.
Police said Kaidan walked about 150 yards down the street to a breach in a nearby fence and fell into a canal.
“I was devastated because I know that once he enters the water, he will drown. He can’t swim,” Elise said.
Miami-Dade Police told Local 10 News that cops responded to a missing 3-year-old boy when they found the toddler unconscious in a canal near his home.
Authorities said they had begun CPR and Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue took the boy in critical condition to Baptist Health Homestead Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Kaiden’s family, who described him as “smart and sweet,” said he had never roamed the streets before.
“I’m going crazy right now because I don’t know what to do right now,” Kayden’s father, Jean Willy Petit-Foer, said.
“He will sing wheels on the bus, that’s his favorite song. He loves cars. He loves to play with car wheels,” Elise said.
Detectives said they are actively working to clarify the circumstances of the incident, and did not confirm whether any charges will be brought against the parents of the baby.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida is among the states in the country with the highest drowning death rate in the U.S.
A swim program continues in memory of the twin boys who drowned earlier this year in Miami-Dade County.
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