2-year-old dies after being found floating in water under Seventh Avenue Bridge in Fort Lauderdale

A 2-year-old has died after being found floating in the water in Fort Lauderdale, authorities confirmed.

“‘How in the hell could this happen?’ That’s all I was thinking. ‘Whose baby is this? How did this happen?’” one witness, Lawrence Ham, told Local 10 News.

Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Ali Adamson confirmed that authorities were notified about the incident just after 10 p.m. Tuesday and the toddler was found by officers in the water under the Seventh Avenue Bridge and the New River, near 450 Cooley Ave.

“We were hanging out here on the boat and we heard a lady screaming out for somebody’s name,” Edgar Caceras said. “She asked us if we had seen a toddler or a little boy walking around. My friend and I got off the boat and started helping her look.”

Caceras said the woman was distraught and he offered her a ride back to her place when he saw her walking home, but she told him she lived nearby and didn’t need help.

“Right away when I realized that she went into her place, I wanted to see where she went into so I could call the cops and tell them where to go, because I realized she hadn’t called the cops,” Caceras said.

Adamson said officers performed CPR on the child until Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue officials arrived and took over.

“To see the CPR, it was traumatizing,” Ham said.

First responders confirmed that the toddler was in cardiac arrest when he was found. They transported him to Broward Health Medical Center, where he later died.

No other details were immediately released.

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