10-year-old boy rescued from Hickey Creek pond dies in hospital

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ALVA, Fla.- A young with boy with autism has passed away, after he was rescued from Hickey Creek Mitigation Park on Monday.

Hugo Ramirez, 10, was at the park with his family, when reports say he ran towards the water and jumped in. According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, his mother, Demecia Carillo, jumped in the water, but couldn’t find him.

The Alva Fire and Rescue Department rescued Ramirez and he was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

Lee County deputies determined the drowning was not criminal and there are no suspicions of neglect. The Department of Children and Families (DCF), however, confirmed that they are investigating it and another incident that took place earlier in the month.

DCF confirmed Ramirez was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital on Oct. 6, after he was hit by a car outside of his home. In an incident report, deputies say Ramirez was unsupervised and jumped out in the street.

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