ALTON, Texas (AP) — Investigators say a one-year-old boy is dead after he fell into a septic tank and drowned.READ MORE: US Supreme Court To Consider Controversial Texas Abortion Law
The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office reports the child’s mother called deputies to the family’s rural home about 13 miles northwest of McAllen shortly before 9 a.m. Friday. Department spokesman J.P. Rodriguez says the boy’s mother said she stepped away from the child and gone into the family trailer for about three minutes to tend to her 20-month-old child. She returned to find the boy missing and suspected he had fallen through a one-foot opening into the septic tank, which was undergoing servicing.READ MORE: Texas Mother And Son Arrested In Wyoming For Murder In Oklahoma
Alton firefighters opened up the tank and found the child submerged in about 4 feet of liquid.
No charges have been filed, but sheriff’s deputies and Child Protective Services continue to investigate.MORE NEWS: Southlake Ranks 20th 'Best Small City In America'; Keller & Flower Mound Most Affordable
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