A missing 4-year-old autistic child was found unresponsive in a Castaic pool Friday, according to Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials.
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The child, named Travis Stratton, reportedly was being transported via helicopter to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hopsital.
He was declared dead at the hospital, according to officials.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family,” said Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
More than a dozen deputies who were involved in the search effort to find the child after he was reported missing were deeply moved by the loss, Dubin said.
One deputy said he had “never seen anything so touching,” Dubin said, describing the scene in the emergency room, where deputies waited for word on the child’s condition.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials said detectives with the Homicide Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are en route to the Santa Clarita Valley to investigate the scene.
Deputies found the child in a swimming pool, and requested an emergency response.
Travis was seen heading northbound on The Old Road in Castaic.
He was reported missing near the 32500 block of N. The Old Road, near Lake Hughes Road. He went missing around 2 p.m., according to Sheriff’s Station officials.
The child has reddish-blond hair, and he was wearing a blue long-sleeve shirt and jeans.
The child reportedly does not always respond to his name.
There are numerous deputies in the area who are assisting in the search for this child.
Anyone with information is asked to call Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies at 661-255-1121.
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Source: Santa Clarita News