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Police: Teen with autism drowns in Mandarin neighborhood

Jacksonville police identify 17-year-old boy as Jonah Wooten

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A teenager with autism drowned Friday in a Mandarin neighborhood, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said.

Police and the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department responded about 6:20 p.m. to a report of a drowning on Chariot Lane at Loretto Road, just west of San Jose Boulevard.

According to a police report, a 17-year-old boy with autism was found unresponsive in a swimming pool and was transported to a hospital, where he died. 

Police identified the teen as Jonah Wooten.

The Sheriff's Office and the Department of Children and Families are investigating, but JSO Sgt. Mike Silcox said no foul play is suspected.


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