INDIANAPOLIS (CBS Cleveland/AP) — A 1-year-old boy is dead after he drowned in an Indianapolis church’s baptismal pool Wednesday.
Indianapolis police said the boy — identified as Juan Cardenas in several reports — went missing for a short period, presumably having wandered off from the supervision of childcare staff members at the Praise Fellowship Assembly of God. There, eight employees monitor between 30 and 45 children.
The child wasn’t discovered missing until his therapist arrived for a session and couldn’t find him. The daycare employees then found him floating in two-feet of water in the pool. He was transported in critical condition to St. Vincent’s Hospital where he was later declared dead.
Police investigators from homicide and child abuse units are investigating the death. They don’t suspect foul play but say the investigation is ongoing.
The church’s voice mail message told callers the center will close for the remainder of the week.
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