In an unfortunate incident, an 8-year-old boy was discovered lifeless in a New Jersey stream, a victim of a suspected drowning incident, as per reports from the authorities. The young boy was discovered motionless, face-down in the water in the Flanders neighborhood of Roxbury on Wednesday afternoon, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office informed.
Despite emergency responders’ efforts to revive the boy, their attempts proved unsuccessful. He was later pronounced dead at St. Clare’s Hospital in Dover, as per an NBC News report.
Jim Rilee, the Mayor of Roxbury, confirmed the boy as a local resident. Quoted by the Daily Record, he solemnly stated yesterday, “It’s a terrible tragedy. All of our hearts and prayers go out to the family and their friends. We will do everything we can to help them.”
Police have stated that the boy’s tragic death, while under investigation, is currently being treated as accidental and not criminal. To respect the grieving family, the authorities will not be revealing the young victim’s name. The circumstances of how the boy ended up in the stream remain uncertain.
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The investigation is being jointly conducted by the Roxbury Township Police Department, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, and the Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, according to a report from Pix11. Those with any pertinent information are urged to reach out to Roxbury police or the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.
Only last week, a 13-year-old boy, miraculously rescued from Prospect Park Lake in Brooklyn, New York City, succumbed to his injuries after spending three weeks in critical condition at the hospital.
A related incident occurred last month in New Jersey when a 39-year-old Hispanic father, identified as Mark Batista, an FDNY firefighter, tragically drowned while attempting to save his 15-year-old daughter at a beach in Avon-by-the-Sea.