Video: Ohio police officers revive missing 4-year-old found in pond

The boy had been reported missing about 30 minutes before officers found him floating in the water

By Kaylee Remington

PAINESVILLE, Ohio — Painesville police rescued a missing 4-year-old boy from Painesville’s Kiwanis Recreation Park fishing pond early Saturday.

The boy is in stable condition as of Saturday afternoon, Painesville police said in a statement.

The boy had been reported missing about 7:30 a.m. Saturday from a family member’s home just north of the park, the statement says.

Police were actively searching the area when they discovered the boy floating in the fishing pond just after 8 a.m., police said.

Painesville police officer Daniel Thompson and Sgt. Matthew Tycast saw air bubbles and a silhouette of a small person about 20 feet off the bank of the pond.

Officer Chad Balausky got a throw rope for safety as the other officers got into the water.

The child was not breathing and was carried to shore, where he was placed on the bank, police said. Thompson started CPR while Tycast cleared the child’s airways. The child began to breathe.

Officers moved the boy so he could cough up the water he had swallowed, police said.


Paramedics who arrived at the scene took the boy to TriPont Medical Center in Concord for medical treatment.

Investigators believe the child walked out of the family member’s home through a sliding back door and went to the nearby park.

The incident is under investigation.

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