Toddler dies in pond tragedy

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A 15-month-old boy has died in hospital after falling into a garden pond, police said today.

The toddler had wandered out of his home in Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, and was discovered in the pond at 2.30pm yesterday.

A Sussex Police spokesman said its police helicopter was sent to the scene after the ambulance service took an emergency call and requested back-up.

He said: "A little boy had wandered out of the house and was found to have fallen into a garden pond.

"He was taken by the helicopter to the accident and emergency department of Worthing Hospital, but unfortunately has died."

The spokesman added: "This would appear to be a very tragic accident and we are not treating the death as suspicious."