MASURY, Ohio (WKBN) – Police have identified a 2-year-old boy who died after he was pulled from a pool in Masury — less than a mile from his family’s house.
The Erie County Coroner officially ruled Anakin Gammon’s death a drowning.
The toddler, who lived on Lafayette Avenue in Sharon, was reported missing at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. After a 3-4 hour search, he was found in the pool behind a house in the 600 block of Syme Street.
The circumstances of how Anakin made his way to the home are unknown at this time. The owner of the home where Anakin was found told police he has no idea how he got in because it was a fenced-in area
“We’re trying to reconstruct the whole day yesterday and answer a lot of questions that we have,” said Sharon Police Chief Gerald Smith.
Anakin went missing with his 5-year-old brother, a non-verbal child with autism. Although Anakin’s brother was found 45 minutes after they were reported missing, they weren’t together.
Monday morning, detectives wearing protective gear searched the boy’s home. Among items they recovered was a safe, which they managed to pry open using a hammer and crow bar.
At this point, Chief Smith isn’t saying what his officers were looking for or what Anakin’s parents may have been doing when he disappeared.
It could be awhile before police determine whether any charges will be filed.
“We wanna make sure that we know A-to-B, what happened. What happened to these kids and how they ended up where they were,” Smith said.