Two year old drowns in Liberty County pond

Two year old drowns in Liberty County pond

What was first reported in a 911 call to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office at 1:03pm on Feb. 2 as a missing two year old little girl turned tragic when her body was found in a large pond located about 200 yards from her grandparent’s home located on Hwy. 146 north in mid-Liberty County, Capt. Ken DeFoor said in a release.

As deputies and first responders rushed to the scene to search for the missing child, her grandfather located little Addilyn Vandiver and pulled her from the water where she was found to be non-responsive.

According to Sheriff’s lead investigator Travis Pierce, the child’s grandmother, Lillian Fernandes, was babysitting their granddaughter when, according to Fernandes, the child walked out of the house while she was not looking. Finding her missing, a call was made to the sheriff’s office and to her parents, who were at work.

Emergency personnel arrived on the scene and immediately began CPR. Within a short while, little Addilyn was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced deceased. Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Judge Stephen Hebert conducted the inquest and ordered an autopsy. Investigator Pierce, who worked until almost midnight interviewing family members and other people living in the neighborhood, said the investigation is continuing to determine a more accurate timeline and confirming other circumstances of this tragic event.

- Liberty County Sheriff's Office