PLANT CITY — A 4-year-old boy drowned in a pond while attended a wedding with his parents in Plant City.
According to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, during the early evening hours of June 12, the victim, Nathan McGee, of Ocoee, was with his parents at a wedding/reception party at Kathleen’s Garden and Grandpa’s Event Barn, located at 5701 Pless Road in Plant City.
At about 6:50 pm, the boy was on the dance floor when he walked away without his parent’s knowledge. A couple of minutes later, the parents noticed their son missing and began searching for him.
At 7:05 p.m., the father spotted his son in a small pond on the property and pulled him out of the water.
An off-duty Pasco County firefighter who was attending the wedding began CPR on the unconscious boy, and 911 was called. Paramedics with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue arrived and took over life-saving efforts while rushing McGee to Florida Hospital. McGee died a short time later at the hospital.
Sheriff’s Office detectives along with investigators with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Child Protective Investigation Division are conducting an investigation. Upon conclusion of the investigation, a decision will be made to determine if any criminal neglect was involved in this incident.