Police investigating 6-year-old boy's death as drowning

JSO: Edward Arroyo-Zamudio found unresponsive at boat ramp, dies at hospital

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police are investigating the death of 6-year-old boy as a drowning, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said.

According to the police report, a drowning was reported about 4 p.m. Thursday at Alimacani boat ramp on Heckscher Drive, near Huguenot Park.

Investigators learned a 6-year-old boy, whose family was visiting from Georgia, was playing with a 9-year-old sibling near the water's edge when the older sibling notified their parents that the boy was in distress.

Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department's Ocean Rescue section told police that they found the boy unresponsive in the sand.

Sheriff's Office Sgt. M. Musser said CPR was attempted before the boy was taken to UF Health, where he died.

Police identified the boy as Edward Arroyo-Zamudio, of Powder Springs, Georgia.

Detectives said the boy's cause of death is unclear at this time, but they're investigating it as a drowning. Musser said it appeared to have been an "accident." 

At last check, detectives were still interviewing family members. 

The Department of Children and Families was notified. 


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