Police Investigation: Toddler drowns just one month before second birthday

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Police in St. Vincent are investigating the circumstances surrounding the drowning death of Malachi Ballantyne of Upper Cane Hall, who was just one month away from celebrating his second birthday.

According to police investigations, at about 11:30am on Sunday (Nov. 15), police at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and the SVG Coast Guard Service were alerted to a report of a missing child, who was suspected to have been swept away by a river located next to his home.

The SVG Coast Guard Service responded to the call and mounted a patrol about 100m offshore in the vicinity of Arnos Vale where the unresponsive body of a child (male) was discovered floating in the water. The body was taken back to the Coast Guard Base in Calliaqua where it was identified as Malachi Ballantyne.

The body was subsequently pronounced dead by the District Medical Officer.

A post mortem examination is expected to be conducted on the body of the deceased to ascertain the cause of death.

Investigations into this matter are ongoing.