Police identify 8-year-old boy who drowned in Abingdon

He fell into stream near his house

May 22, 2010|By Jessica Anderson and Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun

An 8-year-old boy who drowned in an Abingdon stream near his home Friday night has been identified.

Justin Hayes Wilson was playing with a 7-year-old friend about 7:30 p.m., skimming stones on a stream located deep in the woods behind a housing development in the 1300 block of Harford Town Drive, when he slipped and fell into the water.

His friend tried several times to reach him, but couldn't and ran home to get help, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said.

The child's parents called 911.

Members of the Harford County Sheriff's Office, the Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company, the APG Fire Department and the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company responded to the call. Justin was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead about 8:45 p.m.

Detectives found that the death was accidental, with no suspicious circumstances, though the final cause will be determined by the Medical Examiner's Office.

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