CLEARWATER – A 3-year-old boy died at All Children’s Hospital Tuesday night after his father pulled him out of a lake behind their apartment complex.
Detectives with Pinellas County Sheriff’s Crimes Against Children Unit responded to a report of a child drowning at the Bay Meadows Apartment Complex, 13705 Feather Sound Circle East in Clearwater about 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, June 24.
According to investigators, the family noticed that 3 year-old Ayush Anantharaman was not in the apartment and went looking for him. Deputies said the family searched for about 15 minutes, when Ajit Anantharaman, 37, Ayush’s father, located him floating in a lake behind their apartment complex.
The boy was immediately pulled out of the water. Fire rescue responded and attempted to revive him. Anantharaman was transported to All Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased at 7:17 p.m.
As is standard procedure in incidents involving children, detectives from the Sheriff’s Crimes Against Children Unit responded to investigate. At this time, detectives say the incident appears to be accidental in nature.