Boy, 4, drowns in Glen Burnie

Jaden Dixon was attending a birthday party before he died

May 04, 2014|By Ian Duncan and Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun

A 4-year-old boy attending a birthday party in Glen Burnie drowned in Marley Creek Saturday after he wandered onto a backyard pier, Anne Arundel County police said.

Police identified the boy as Jaden Dixon of Glen Burnie.

The party, which the youngster was attending with an unidentified relative, was being held in the garden of a house in the 1100 block of Marley Creek Drive in the Point Pleasant community, Anne Arundel County police spokesman Lt. T.J. Smith said. But Jaden was able to get into another part of the yard and onto a small pier, according to police.

When people at the party noticed he was missing after five to 10 minutes, they found him floating in the creek. Several guests jumped into the water and pulled the boy out, police said.

When officers arrived about 5:40 p.m., they found adults performing CPR on the boy, who did not have a pulse when he was pulled out of the water, police said. He was taken to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center and pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

There were 40 to 50 people at the party, which was being held for another young child, Smith said.

The two-story house sits far back from the road and is surrounded by a fence. The street, just across from Point Pleasant Elementary School, dead-ends at Marley Creek. Police were unable to say how Jaden was able to get beyond the fence.

"It appears that the child got through the fence and went down to the water," Smith said. "This was just a tragic accident. … This points up just how quickly toddlers can get away from you."

Anne Arundel police sent their Crisis Response Team to the scene to help the family and others attending the party, as well as the first responders, deal with the emotional aftermath.

"This is not anything that is ever routine," Smith said of the death of a young child. "We never get used to this."

Smith urged adults to talk to children about proper behavior around the water, and recommended the use of alarmed fences surrounding water.

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