1-year-old dies after being found in east Charlotte creek

A one-year-old boy drowned after falling into a creek, police say.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A 1-year-old boy died Wednesday after he was found in a creek behind his family's east Charlotte home.

According to CMPD, officers responded to a call in the 1900 block of Terrybrook Drive a little after 5 p.m. When officers arrived, CPR was being performed on the child. 

The little boy's family says he was playing outside with other children when he somehow wound up in the water.  

NBC Charlotte spoke with the child's stepfather who said one of the family's best friends was watching the 1-year-old at the time.  Police don't know of any charges yet, but the investigation is ongoing.  The stepfather says he wants the woman to face charges.

Police have not identified the boy.  Neighbors say they didn't even know there was water in the woods behind the house.

"I was just out here praying like please let the baby live," said Jerica Lewis.

"It's sad," Yolanda Jones.  "It's really sad. One-year-old. I don't know what I'd do if that was my child."

The boy was playing with other children behind the home when he wandered in the back.

"(He) fell into a body of water, which appears to be a creek. And was obviously in medical distress," said Major Smathers of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

"I seen the baby when they brought him from the back," Lewis said.  "They just had him on the ambulance."

The child was transported to the hospital by Medic and was pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center.

"I cannot imagine at all," Lewis said.  "I wouldn't wish this on anybody."

According to the CDC, there are 3,536 drownings each year. Drowning is also the cause of 27 percent of unintentional deaths among children one to 4-years-old.

"You have to keep your eye on these children. At all times, at all costs," Lewis said.

"I been living here in this house about two years and I never knew there was a creek back there," Jones said.

"Just very sad and the officers that were here and saw the child and were obviously assisting in its medical care," Smathers said.  "It's very upsetting."

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