West Ada

Investigators release more information on toddler’s death in Kuna-area canal

Ada County sheriff’s deputies are investigating how an 18-month old boy fell into a canal near Kuna and died early Monday afternoon.

The little boy reportedly was among a group of young children playing behind a building at a farm in the 7500 block of SouthTen Mile Road, when a family member noticed he was missing and launched a search.

The toddler was spotted in the water more than 60 feet away from where he likely fell in, the sheriff's office reports. The boy was not breathing when he was pulled from the canal, and a family member performed CPR while another called 911 about 1:15 p.m., ACSO reports.

Paramedics arrived, began treating the boy immediately, and rushed him to St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center. He was declared dead a short time later.

People gathered Monday evening at the family-run farm, where a member declined comment and requested privacy while those present struggled with their grief and shock.

The child's name and cause of death will be released by the Ada County Coroner's Office.

Deputies are still investigating how the toddler fell in, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office says.

This apparently is the first death reported in an Ada County canal this year, an ACSO spokesman said

Each year, law enforcement and irrigation district officials stress the danger posed by canals, which look calm but run deceptively cold, deep and fast. Swift-moving waters can carry people of all sizes quickly downstream, and canal sides are steep and make it difficult to climb out.