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Details unclear in boy’s death

Autopsy performed on drowned child

July 24, 2012
By JOHN BORGOLINI , The Leader Herald

NORTHAMPTON - Officials have completed an autopsy on Sunday's 4-year-old drowning victim, but they did not release the details this morning as they continued to investigate the death of the Amsterdam boy at the Northampton State Beach Campground.

The boy was swimming and picnicking at the beach and was reported missing at 4:55 p.m. Sunday, officials said.

He was swimming in a section of the Great Sacandaga Lake where swimming is allowed but lifeguards are not stationed, Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira said today.

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People are seen swimming Monday at the Northampton State Beach Campground, near where a 4-year-old Amsterdam boy drowned on Sunday. Authorities say the boy was found near an area of the lake shore where lifeguards are not stationed.
The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan

"The guarded section of a lakefront is only a certain area," Sira said. "You're allowed to swim [where the child was], but there are no lifeguards in the area."

Family members told the campground staff that the boy was missing after swimming with other children in the late afternoon. Now, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Fulton County District Attorney's Office and New York State Police are trying to figure out how the boy got separated from the rest of the children and whether or not anyone will be charged.

"It's not clear," Sira said. "All the circumstances are about how the child got separated from the group. Until [that is determined], no charges can be pursued by the state."

State police spokesman Mark Ceipel said a lifeguard began cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the boy was rushed to Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville. It was unclear whether the boy died at the lake, en route to the hospital, or at the hospital. An autopsy was completed Monday night, but officials are waiting for additional family members to be contacted before they release any further information.



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