9-year-old boy drowns in Cane Grove canal

Police have launched an investigation into the death of a nine-year-old boy, who is suspected to have drowned in a canal near his Cane Grove, East Coast Demerara home.
According to Police, the Virginia Primary School student drowned sometime between 15:00h and 16:00h on Monday. Investigation revealed that the boy, who is differently-abled, was at home with his father and sister but unknowing to them, he left the home.
Police said that about 17:30h an alarm was raised after the child was not seen in the home and as a result, a search party was activated and later went into a canal on the southern side of the road where they carried out a search and he was found without clothes. The child was taken from the water and placed on the dam where Police observed a cut on his left hand which had stitches. His father was interviewed, Police said, and he told investigators that the child was jumping a fence in the area about a week ago and his hand was cut by a zinc sheet in the process. The child was taken to the CC Nicholson Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Investigations are continuing.