4-Year-Old Boy Drowns in Homestead Canal

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A four-year-old boy with special needs was found dead in a canal in Homestead Sunday, according to Miami-Dade Police.

The incident occurred in the area of Southwest 280th Terrace and Southwest 141th Avenue.

The child was found after a 911 call was placed for a missing child with special needs.

According to police, the child got out of the front door of the house and family, neighbors began searching for him. Police were called and used K9s to aid in the search. The boy's body was found in a canal by Miami-Dade Police divers.

The Miami-Dade Police Department, Homicide Bureau is investigating the incident.

“I asked what happened, they said “a kid went missing,” one neighbor who did not want to give her name said.

The neighbor says she doesn’t know the family well but often saw the little boy around the neighborhood with his mother. 

“It’s just sad because a little kid, he drowned you know, his last moments, he was fighting for his life,” the neighbor said.

It’s the second tragedy involving drowning this week in South Florida.

On Thursday, a father and two of his children were found unresponsive in their pool in Hollywood.

The numbers across the state are just as alarming. In 2021, nearly 100 children drowned across the state.

This is a developing story. Please check NBC 6 for updates.

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