Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Boy, 3, drowns in pond during family dinner

My deepest condolences to the family.

By TAN WEIZHEN AND SUJIN THOMAS

THE body of a three-year-old boy was found floating in a pond on Sunday night at Farmart Centre along Sungei Tengah Road.

Farmart Centre is a cluster of vegetable and animal farms near Kranji.

According to the staff-in-charge at the centre, the boy had slipped away during a family dinner and was discovered unconscious shortly after.

The police said they had received a call at 8.55pm, informing them that a boy had drowned in a pond.

He was taken to the National University Hospital and pronounced dead at 9.55pm.

According to staff, the two fish ponds were closed at the time but did not have any barricades.

Each pond is about 1.5 metres deep.

Said the staff-in-charge, who declined to give his name: 'Nobody knows what happened exactly.

'From what my staff know, he went missing while his parents were having dinner and his mother started shouting for him.

'A patron then spotted his body floating in the fish pond.'

The police have classified the incident as unnatural death.

Source: Straitstime.com

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