Toddler found in pond critical

Jan. 08, 2014 @ 10:19 PM

A Kittrell toddler found in a pond near D&G Lane remained in critical condition Wednesday, two days after being transported by Life Flight helicopter to Duke University Medical Center.

Vance County Sheriff’s Office deputies rushed to 199 D&G Lane on a call indicating a possible drowning. Maj. Joseph Ferguson indicated in a written response to questions that an investigation of the incident revealed 20-month-old Zachary Edwards had wandered away from the residence not long before.

According to Ferguson, investigators believe Edwards fell into the pond that was in “very close proximity to the home.”

His mother located the toddler shortly after, and was able to retrieve the child from the pond. Family members made the call to 911.

Edwards was first transported to Maria Parham Medical Center by ambulance before a decision was made to transport him on to Duke.

Ferguson confirmed on Wednesday that Edwards, “remains in critical condition.”

He did not specify any injuries.

Ferguson added that an ongoing investigation remains open in the case, noting, “however evidence indicates the incident was accidental.”

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.