TBI investigating toddler's death in a swimming pool in Vonore

A 19-month-old child was found dead of a reported drowning in a swimming pool Friday in Vonore, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. 

TBI was asked to investigate the incident by the 10th District Attorney General Steve Crump.

According to a preliminary investigation, 19-month-old Leland Ward was at his babysitter's house on Lakeview Drive in Vonore when he went out of the house unnoticed Friday morning. 

When the babysitter noticed he was gone, they searched the home and found him in an outdoor swimming pool, TBI said. 

The child was taken to Sweetwater Hospital and pronounced dead. 

An autopsy is being performed in Knoxville. 

TBI is continuing to investigate the incident. 

(© 2016 WBIR)


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