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Toddler who drowned in canal was with visiting family from Utah

Spencer Arnold, a Utah boy visiting family in the Treasure Valley, died after falling into a canal near Kuna Monday.
Spencer Arnold, a Utah boy visiting family in the Treasure Valley, died after falling into a canal near Kuna Monday. Arnold family

A 21-month-old child who died after falling into a canal near Kuna on Monday morning was from Utah, Canyon County officials say.

The boy was identified Tuesday as Spencer Arnold of Woods Cross.

He and his parents were visiting family in the area. The toddler was playing with other children in a fenced yard when he somehow got out. His death has been ruled a drowning.

Arnold was pronounced dead at a Nampa hospital Monday morning, after he was pulled out of the Mora Canal by a family member, according to the Canyon County Sheriff's Office.

He was reported missing at 9:54 a.m. in the area of 6000 block of South McDermott Road, a dispatcher said. Family of the child told responding emergency personnel that they last saw the boy in the yard.

Family members searched alongside numerous agencies, including deputies from Ada and Canyon counties and Kuna Fire.

At about 10:22 a.m., a family member found the boy in a canal about three-quarters of a mile from his home, sheriff's spokesman Joe Decker said. Emergency personnel initiated life-saving measures and transported the boy to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Nampa. The boy was pronounced dead at the hospital.

"My heart goes out to the family of this young child who lost his life way too soon," Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue said in a press release. "This has already been a tough year for drownings in the Treasure Valley, and it makes it even more difficult when the victim is a small child."

Donahue encouraged families to use extra caution around waterways.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413

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