Boy, 2, found in pool dies

MASURY — A toddler whose disappearance Sunday triggered a massive search died after he was found in a swimming pool in Masury a few blocks from his home, according to Brookfield and Sharon, Pa., police.

The death of Annakin Gammon, 2, of Lafayette Avenue, Sharon, culminated a day that saw residents from the neighborhood in Brookfield near the Pennsylvania line join police and other first responders in a frantic search for the boy and his brother, 5, who has autism and cannot speak.

Gammon was found unresponsive at about 8:40 p.m. in a backyard pool at 675 Syme St., which is a block from the state line, said Sharon police Chief Gerry Smith. Gammon’s brother was found safe about three hours earlier.

The toddler was found by a Vienna firefighter and a resident in the above-ground pool in about 4 feet of greenish water, said Brookfield detective Aaron Kasiewicz. The boy was carried to the front of the home and given CPR by medics, and then rushed to Sharon Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly before midnight.

“He never regained consciousness,” Smith said. “This is a parent’s worst nightmare. I have six children of my own and could never imagine losing one.”

An autopsy was done Monday in Erie, Pa., according to a spokeswoman for the Erie County Coroner’s Office. The report will be released by the Mercer County Coroner’s Office. Smith said the autopsy was conducted in Pennsylvania because the boy died in Sharon.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was called to help with crime scene mapping, while Smith said police obtained a search warrant to go through the boy’s Lafayette Avenue home.

“We are looking at all the circumstances, trying to trace back the events of Sunday. This can be a most difficult task,” Smith said.

Kasiewicz said he and investigators from BCI were at the Syme Street address well into Monday morning looking for clues on how the boy got into the backyard pool.

The older brother was found safe around 5:15 p.m. after a citizen followed him after he was spotted playing in a rain barrel near the intersection of Jane and Edmond streets, Kasiewicz said.

Smith said it was difficult to get any information out of the older brother who was not identified. That location where the 5-year-old was found is a few blocks from the pool where Gammon was found.

The two were reported missing shortly before 5 p.m., according to a Trumbull County 911 call summary. A Pennsylvania State Police helicopter, an Austintown drone team and K-9 units from a variety of law enforcement agencies were part of the search, the 911 report states.

Brookfield police Chief Daniel Faustino said he is grateful for the response from the public.

“The Brookfield Police Department would very much like to thank all police, fire, and search teams that came out to assist with the search for the missing children from Sharon Sunday evening, especially those of the Westhill area.” Faustino said. “There were literally hundreds of people who cared enough to take action.”

gvogrin@tribtoday.com

Tribune Chronicle reporter Renee Fox contributed to this report.

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