MELROSE, Fla., (WCJB) -- UPDATE 5/14/2019:
The parents of the two-year-old that died after drowning near Lake Santa Fe in Melrose will not face charges for the child's death.
The Putnam County Sheriff's Office confirmed it was an accidental drowning. The toddler had been reported missing when he was found
A two-year-old boy drowned in Melrose shortly after it was reported that he was missing.
Putnam County deputies responded to a call around this morning about a missing two-year-old boy. When they arrived at the home on Seminole Ridge Road to do a search of the area it was then the body of the boy was discovered.
The child was found in Melrose Bay-- in the southeast corner of Lake Santa Fe., about 100 yards from the home.
"He actually lived across the street, where the residence is where the family is. Is across the street on Seminole Ridge. There is another house that he went into the yard of that particular house, went through the backyard and actually made it to a bulkhead and apparently from what we can tell he fell into the water," stated Major Steve Rose, Putnam Co. Sheriff's Office.
It is unknown how long the boy was in the water. Deputies performed CPR but rescue efforts were unsuccessful.
" A deputy actually had to dive in the water and rescue the child," stated Major Rose
Deputies say eight children and four adults live in the home, where the child went missing.
" Actually the father had left to take another child to school and it was after that point that another of the adults inside the residence discovered he was missing," stated Rose.
The Florida Department of Health says drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1-4, and Florida leads the country in drowning deaths for this age group.
For children under the age of three, this is the second drowning death in Putnam County in less than seven months.
"It's very crucial that if you live even close to a body of water or if you have a pool, use locks and then also use alarms," stated Rose.
The Florida Department of Children and Families has been contacted. This is a criminal investigation, so deputies say that once the investigation is complete, charges against the family would be decided.