HILLSBORO COUNTY, Florida. – Hillsborough County deputies responded early Tuesday morning to rescue a 4-year-old boy with autism from a pond, according to the sheriff’s office.
A press release from the sheriff’s office said deputies were subpoenaed in Valleyridge Court shortly before 10:30 a.m. after a concerned citizen reported that a child ran across the street and fell into a nearby pond.
Body camera video shows that the two helpers who respond immediately begin to search in the water and eventually find the boy, who was kept afloat by some cattails.
Body camera footage from two heroic Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies shows the harrowing moments as they pulled a four-year-old boy with autism out of a pond early Tuesday morning.
Shortly before 10:30 a.m. on July 11, 2023, HCSO MPs were called to respond to… pic.twitter.com/UkdrrqnJpk
— HCSO (@HCSOSheriff) July 12, 2023
The boy was dragged to safety and police later learned he had not spoken, the report said. The deputies said that he did not receive life-threatening injuries and was released to his family.
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“I shudder at the result if not for the tenacity and efforts of these deputies,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “We will now be working with the Department of Children and Families to determine if negligence played a role in this boy’s disappearance.”
The investigation is ongoing. No further information about the incident was provided.
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