GUSTIN TWP. (WWJ/AP) – A 4-year-old boy has died after apparently falling into a tank used to collect animal waste at a Michigan dairy farm, and a special review team is being appointed to prevent similar accidents, authorities said.
Connor Michael Kasubowski was visiting the farm in Alcona County’s Gustin Township on Sunday with his mother when he was reported missing, The Alpena News reported.
When police arrived, they were told Connor had been missing for about an hour and were directed to where one of his shoes was found near the tank. A hole in the tank was also uncovered.
Search and rescue team members responded to the scene and eventually pulled Connor from the tank. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
“Our investigation is indicating there doesn’t appear to be any wrongdoing,” Sheriff Doug Atchison said, adding that the case remains open.
Atchison said a Child Death Review board will investigate the incident. The board includes representatives from the Michigan State Police, emergency management, the sheriff’s department, community mental health, the school district, the prosecutor’s office and the medical examiner’s office.
“It is their responsibility to look into the circumstances of the death of a child and see if there is anything to potentially prevent this type of accident from happening in the future,” he said.
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