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Missing 6-Year-Old Autistic Girl Found Dead in Stream

By Paula Liu

A six-year-old girl with autism was found in a stream near her home after being reported missing, according to multiple reports.

In the Baltimore Police news release, at 3:53 p.m., police responded to a report from the 7900 block of Stratman Road regarding a missing six-year-old child with autism. According to the news release, the child was non-verbal. Following the reports, all available police officials were tasked with searching for the child, including aviation, K-9, and marine units.

After an hour into the search, at 4:53 p.m., police officers on the ground found the girl near Merritt Avenue, behind the Merritt Park Baptist Church. She was found in a stream, suffering from cardiac arrest, according to the news release.

In a tweet from the Baltimore County Fire Department, when police officials found the girl, she was drowning.

The child was given CPR after medical officials arrived on the scene, then transported to the Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital.

In a tweet from the Baltimore County Police Department, they wrote, “Child found unconscious in a stream in Dundalk has died despite life-saving efforts.”

The six-year-old girl did not respond to resuscitation efforts and was pronounced dead at 5:50 p.m at the hospital.

In accordance with standard procedures regarding juvenile deaths, this incident will be investigated by the Baltimore County Police, according to the police news release.

The Baltimore County Fire Department has offered its condolences to the family.

Autistic Boy Drowns

Police in northern Kentucky said an 11-year-old autistic boy has died after being found submerged in a neighbor’s pool.

Boone County sheriff’s Lt. Philip Ridgell said in a news release Madou Ba’s death is believed to be an accidental drowning.

The statement says the boy was found unconscious in a pool on June 29 in Florence and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police say the boy apparently scaled a fence and took off his shirt prior to entering the neighbor’s backyard.

Florence is about 12 miles southwest of Cincinnati.

12-Year-Old Drowns

A 12-year-old boy died after drowning in a lake in New Jersey on June 26, officials said. His identity was released on June 27 as Aaron Melzer, a seventh-grade student at Lazar Middle School in Montville.

“We extend our sincere condolences to Aaron’s family and friends as we keep them in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. We ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time.” Superintendent René Rovtar said in a message posted on the Facebook page of Montville Township Public Schools.

“The death of a student is a difficult event to process and will likely cause a high level of anxiety and distress for many students,” she wrote. “We encourage you to discuss their thoughts and feelings with them and assist them in working through their grief or concerns.”

“Please also consider monitoring your child’s communications and social media use to further assess their needs,” she added.

NTD Staff Writer Mimi Nguyen Ly and The Associated Press contributed to this report.