2009-09-10 / Local & State

Coroner: SC Boy Drowns In Pa. Pond 'Accident'

ALBION, Pa. (AP) - A coroner says a South Carolina toddler's drowning death in a northwestern Pennsylvania pond was an accident, though state police say they are still investigating the incident.

Deputy Erie County Coroner Dennis Suschek says 2-year-old Ryan Highfill, of Columbia, S.C., somehow wandered into the pond Wednesday night in Conneaut (KAW'-nee-awt) Township. That's about 100 miles north of Pittsburgh.

The boy's parents were visiting relatives and the boy apparently wandered away during a family gathering.

The boy was pronounced dead at Hamot Medical Center in Erie after his family found him in the water about 8:45 p.m. but couldn't revive him.

Authorities don't know how long the boy was in the pond.

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