8-year-old boy drowns in Springfield Lake near Akron - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

8-year-old boy drowns in Springfield Lake near Akron

Brandon Kitts, Jr. (Source: Akron Public Schools) Brandon Kitts, Jr. (Source: Akron Public Schools)
SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH (WOIO) -

An investigation is ongoing after an 8 year old boy drowned in a Summit County lake Saturday evening.

According to Springfield Township police, at 5:30 p.m., officers were notified by a mother that her son was missing from the Springfield Lakefront Park.

The mother told police she had last seen her son 45 minutes earlier playing with ducks at the east end of the park were the family was attending a gathering.

The mother said Brandon Travis Kitts Jr. was swimming in the lake earlier in the afternoon but she did not see him go back in the water.

Officers and Springfield Township Fire and Rescue arrived on scene and did a search of the area, with assistance from Coventry Fire Department and Green Fire Department. 

Within a few minutes of arriving on scene, the boy was found about 30 feet from shore in four feet of water.

He was taken to Akron Children's Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  His identity has not yet been released.

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