A Shedd-area toddler died in an apparent accidental drowning on Wednesday, according to a news release from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.
Marvin Gerig was 2.
According to the news release, at 6:58 p.m. on Wednesday, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received a call from from Benjamin Gerig, 25, who stated his son was missing from the family’s residence on Boston Mill Drive. The father had been outside doing yardwork with the boy.
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Deputies and personnel with the Halsey-Shedd Rural Fire Protection District responded and joined family and neighbors in searching for the child.
At 7:19 p.m., the child was located down a steep embankment along the driveway of the residence and was submerged in several inches of water. The Calapooia River runs through Gerig’s property near the driveway.
A deputy climbed down and pulled the toddler from the water, and EMS personnel began life-saving measures.
Medics transported the toddler to Samaritan Albany General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
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