Toddler drowns in Lake Palestine

HENDERSON COUNTY, TX -  A 1-year-old died Saturday in a reported drowning in Henderson County.

According to Sheriff Botie Hillhouse, at around 3 p.m., deputies were alerted by EMS to a possible drowning on Brierwood Drive in the Brierwood Bay Subdivision. 

Investigators learned a babysitter was watching several children and went for a walk when a child ran away from her. The babysitter chased after the first child and the 1-year-old wandered into Lake Palestine. The toddler was taken back to a nearby residence and CPR was started immediately.

The child later died at a Tyler hospital.

Authorities have not released the identity of the toddler.

The investigation is ongoing. CPS has also been notified and is assisting the Sheriff's Office.


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