A 6-year-old Naperville boy died after being pulled from a retention pond near his home this morning, officials said.
The boy, identified as Amer Khan, of the 2900 block of Kilburne Lane in the west suburb, was found in the pond near his home and declared dead at 12:28 p.m. at Edward Hospital in Naperville, according to the DuPage County coroner's office. An autopsy by the coroner's office was scheduled for Sunday to determine cause of death, but in a news release, the Naperville Fire Department characterized the boy's death as a drowning.
A person who called 911 pulled the boy from the pond near 95th Street and Cedar Glade Road and started doing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him, according to a release from the Naperville Fire Department. The first police officer to arrive, two minutes after the first call came in at 11:39 a.m., took over CPR, and paramedics took over life-saving efforts when they arrived two minutes after that, according to the release.
Amer's father, Oscar Mohammed, told WGN-TV's Randi Belisomo that he and the boy's mother were at work when the accident happened, but his three older siblings were at home and saw the passerby who tried to save Amer.
Amer "loved to run around and sneak out of the house, and this morning, he was successful," Mohammed told WGN-TV.
Although the boy had taken swimming lessons at a local YMCA, he had not learned to swim, his father said.
After the boy was found, Naperville sent a water rescue response team to the scene, including a water rescue vehicle, a boat, two ambulances and 18 fire department personnel, as well as several police vehicles.
Divers from the Naperville and Aurora fire departments searched the pond to see if anyone else was in the water but ended their search about 1:30 p.m., according to the release. No one else was injured.
There was no information immediately available about how the boy might have ended up in the pond.