Tues. 1 p.m.: Coroner rules toddler’s death a drowning

Photo special to the Tribune Chronicle Annakin Gammon, 2, was found in a backyard above ground pool in Masury about four hours after he was reported missing from his Sharon, Pa. home a few blocks away.

HERMITAGE, Pa. – A preliminary autopsy report shows that Annakin Gammon, 2, of Sharon, died due to drowning, according to Mercer County Coroner John A. Libonati.

The boy was prounounced dead at 10:23 p.m. Sunday in the emergency room of Sharon Regional Health System after he was found unresponsive in a backyard swimming pool located in the 600 block of Syme Street in Masury, Ohio, several blocks from his home.

The child and his 5-year-old brother had been the subjects of a neighborhood-wide search by emergency personnel and neighbors after it was reported about 5 p.m. Sunday that they had wandered away from home. The 5-year-old brother, who was not identified and who is reported to be autistic and unable to speak, was earlier in the day found safe a few blocks from where Annakin had drowned.

Libonati said a final ruling of his death is pending the investigation being conducted by Brookfield Township and Sharon police departments.