MONROE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) – A two-year-old boy described as autistic drowned in a lake after wandering away from his Gloucester County home Monday night.
The tragic incident happened at about 8:20 p.m. near 12th Avenue in Monroe Township, New Jersey.
According to investigators, the victim’s aunt called police and reported the two-year-old missing after the boy had disappeared and she noticed the front door of the house open.
The aunt and a friend eventually found the young boy in about three feet of water in Victory Lake off Lakeside Drive at 9:21 p.m.
The boy was pronounced dead at Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Washington Township shortly after 11 p.m. after almost two hours on life-support.
The incident remains under investigation by the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office and the Monroe Township Police Department.
Reported By Steve Beck, CBSPhilly; Al Novack, KYW Newsradio