Three-year-old child dies after being pulled from pond
Indianapolis Metro Police have identified a three-year-old boy who drowned in a retention pond Monday night.
Braedyn Wilson somehow got out of his family's home at Meridian South Apartments on West Waterbury near Southport Rd. and Meridian St. and wandered into the water.
On Tuesday, his toys were still on his parents' patio, and the gate was locked shut. Braedyn's family is devastated.
"He's a beautiful, spoiled rotten brat. He was an angel, he really was. Now he's one of God's angels," said Rolene Followell, grandmother.
Last night, police say the three-year-old went out the apartment's front door. His father was sleeping and his mother was at school. When she returned around 9:30 pm, they called 911.
Nick and Kassandra Wilson began a frantic search.
"I heard a male and a female outside yelling, 'Braedyn, Braedyn,'" said a neighbor.
The couple found their son in the dark pond and were trying to revive him when rescuers arrived. Braedyn died at the hospital.
"When are you going to do something about these ponds before it takes more babies? He was our baby. Now he is gone. How many more people have to lose their children?" said Followell.
Another neighbor said this tragedy only points to the need for more security around retention ponds.
"There's like three ponds back there. And it is RIGHT there. It's not like it's further back, it's literally right behind the building. They need to have something up to make a barrier," said Rachel Hartman.
Communities have wrestled for years with the necessity and danger of retention ponds. Indianapolis does not require fences around them. Legislation requiring barricades failed.
Karen Rose says her husband accidently fell into a pond. She cringes at the sight of children playing on the banks.
"I yell at them and stuff and they get at me. I'd rather they yell at me and be mad at me than fall in the lake," she said.
Inside the Riley Hospital Safety store, we found help for parents in inexpensive battery-operated doors and window alarms - perhaps loud enough to alert parents to an inquisitive toddler headed for harm's way.
Braedyn's father tells WTHR that his son was an organ donor.