3-year-old dies after drowning accident

3-year-old dies after drowning accident

AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - A 3-year-old boy is dead after drowning in a pool around 7 p.m. Saturday.

Michael Melton Jr. was visiting his aunt on Woodland Drive, according to the Aiken County Coroner's Office.

Family members say Melton was outside playing with other children of the family that evening.

During that time, he was able to crawl under a fence that surrounded the pool at his aunt's house and somehow managed to fall in the pool. He was pronounced dead at Aiken Regional Medical Center at 9:09 p.m.

There is no evidence of foul play or trauma to the child, said Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

No charges will be filed, said Capt. Eric Abdullah with the Aiken County Sheriff's Office. The drowning was ruled a tragic accident.

Neighbors said that the neighborhood is very close, and when one person is hurting, they are all hurting.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday in Newberry South Carolina

As always, we will continue to update you as more information becomes available.

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