Sheriff says death of 16-month-old Fayette County death was tragic accident

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OAK HILL, West Virginia — Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler says a 16-month-old child's death was a tragic accident.

Kessler says police don't suspect neglect or abuse and no charges have been filed. The investigation will remain open until the state medical examiner determines the cause of death and the sheriff's department reviews the case with prosecutors.

Kessler said Thursday in a news release that a child drowning was reported to 911 at a residence near Oak Hill on Wednesday night. The child's parents were performing CPR when deputies and emergency medical personnel arrived. The EMS workers took over the CPR and took the child to a hospital in Oak Hill. The child was pronounced dead shortly before 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Kessler says the family won't be identified at this time.

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