3-Year-Old Boy Drowns In Swollen Creek
EAST HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Lewis and Clark County officials say a 3-year-old boy has drowned in a swollen creek in East Helena.
Coroner Mickey Nelson tells the Independent Record that Leo Eugene Mathis was being carried across Prickly Pear Creek near JFK Park Wednesday evening when his father fell into a hole at about 7:15 p.m. Leo slipped out of his arms and was swept away. A bystander called 911.
The boy was found downstream at 7:38 p.m. and officials began CPR. He was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly before 9 p.m.
East Helena Police Chief Dale Aschim says the boy's family had just moved to East Helena from Washington state.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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