Neighbors remember searching for toddler found dead in Lake Sinclair

BALDWIN COUNTY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A two-year-old boy drowned Wednesday morning in Lake Sinclair. This devastating accident is leaving neighbors asking why. They said they had such high hopes of finding the child, and they did, but not the way they wanted to find him.

When the residents of Collins Road woke up Wednesday morning, they didn’t expect to be part of a search team.

“It was so many people out here this morning actually trying to find this baby,” recalled neighbor Angela Smith.

The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office says the toddler wandered away from his home around 10:00 a.m.

After about an hour of searching, neighbors noticed something floating in the edge of Lake Sinclair across the street.

But when they pulled the child out of the water, it was too late.

“I could see people crying and falling down and stuff. It was like I got numb. I couldn’t move. It just fell to my knees,” recalled Smith.

According to relatives, when the child’s aunt pulled the little boy from the lake, Deputy Michael Burrell with Baldwin County Sheriff’s was on the scene and performed CPR. Baldwin County sheriff’s deputies are ruling this drowning as an accident. Sheriff Bill Massee tells 41NBC it is a tragic and devastating loss for the family.

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