A three year old tragically lost his life after he fell and drowned in a well. The incident occurred in Santa Cruz, Stann Creek District after his mother turned her attention away for about twenty minutes. ACP Joseph Myvett briefed the media on the incident.
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch: “On Saturday sometime after 1 pm Independence police were called to an area in Santa Cruz Village where upon arrival they visited the home of one Alma Bonilla who reported to them that sometime shortly after midday while she was in her outside kitchen cooking she had left her three-year-old son along with another child two and a half years playing inside the home and shortly before 1 pm when she went searching for her child he was not found and upon searching the yard the child was found in a well which was dug inside the yard which was filled with water. As a result ,with the assistance of neighbors, the child was removed from the well and he was motionless at the time. He was then transported to the Independence Polyclinic where he was pronounced dead. He is three year old Oscar Bonilla.”
Our Stann Creek correspondent spoke to the village chairman yesterday, who was called in to assist with taking the body out of the well. According to him, they tried to resuscitate the baby, but it was too late.