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Officials still investigating drowning of 4-year-old boy

Authorities unsure how autistic boy made it past locked fence

Posted: March 23, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 23, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Travis Stratton. Travis Stratton.
Travis Stratton.

Officials from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are still investigating how a 4-year-old child was able to get onto a neighbor’s property Friday before he was found in a pool.

Travis Stratton went missing in the area of the 32500 block of The Old Road in Castaic around 1 p.m., according to law enforcement officials.

The boy, who was reportedly autistic was found around 4 p.m. Friday in a neighbor’s pool on the 28600 block of Black Oak Lane, about a block from where he was originally reported missing.

Deputy Josh Dubin with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station said some deputies jumped into the pool still wearing their uniforms, gun belts and cell phones to try and save Travis.

Travis was taken by helicopter to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Deputies, some still soaking wet from jumping in the pool, later stood at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital waiting to hear how Travis was doing — eventually tearing up when they heard the news.

“It was a very sad day,” Dubin said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.”

A deputy at the scene in Castaic Friday said emergency responders had to remove a locked gate to gain access to the area where Travis was found. Officials are still investigating how the boy made his way into the pool area.



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