Toddler Drowns in Heckscher Park Pond

Suffolk police say boy, 2, fell into water.

A Huntington Station toddler drowned Sunday morning in a pond at Heckscher Park.

Suffolk County Police said they responded to a 911 call about 11:40 a.m. that a boy had fallen into a pond. The 2-year-old boy, who was at the park with his father, had been pulled from the pond when police arrived. A Good Samaritan was administering CPR. 

A Second Precinct officer took the boy and his father to Huntington Hospital, where the child was pronounced dead.

Homicide Squad detectives are investigating the death, which is believed to be accidental.

Stefan November 13, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Why bring religion into it?
Stefan November 13, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Who owns this board?
RM November 13, 2012 at 03:37 AM
I cannot believe we are comparing scenery with the possible prevention of a tragic accident like this. This is also my childhood park and my children have been going there since day one. In fact I was there on Saturday. Yes this is a beautiful park and yes that pond can be very dangerous for young children. Yet we who go, are going with the BEST of intentions. Anyone who has children (and is honest) will tell you it could take one second for a child to take off. We have all had that horrifying feeling and for most of us it luckily it has been a fleeting feeling. The absolute best, most careful parents have experienced this. How anyone can presume to know exactly what that man was doing is beyond me. People should reserve their judgement and just pray for this family.
NK November 13, 2012 at 03:55 AM
I can't imagine what that man was thinking when he saw his son. I feel so bad for him because I know as the father of a 7 and 4 year old, it is easy to get distracted. A fence should be put up. For those that complain it will affect the wildlife, would that be the wildlife that the town doesn't want you feeding (geese and ducks) or fishing? Common sense says human life was lost and a fence that is aesthetically pleasing yet functional should be installed. I am the first one to complain when things are changed because stupid people do dumb things (ie Putting scalding coffee between your legs, have it spill and sue McDonalds). But this is something that could have been prevented. Yes it would have helped if the man stared at his child but imagine if instead of a phone he was tending to another child as many in that park do, would that have made it more ok?
Steve November 13, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Very sad, the park has been there for ever...can people just be responsible! a fence around the pond is almost a metaphor for whats happened in this country today, legislate everything, Its a sad and Horrible Tragedy, but I don't want to read in the paper that some politician is now pushing for the "Johnny law to prohibit children under 5 years of age from attending a park with a pond. But I wouldn't doubt Its coming!
JH November 13, 2012 at 12:01 PM
The town should drain the pond, this would immediately end any drowning risk and also keep most birds out(we all know that they spread avian disease anyway). They should also move the telephone poles and wires further away from the park because children fly kites there. While they are at it, the town should post signs stating that anyone playing any type of ball game in the park must wear a helmet because of the risk of head injury. Matter of fact, even though the kids have a padded floor in the playground, make playground helmets mandatory as well. Also, certain exhibits in the museum should be regulated, many forms of abstract art have been known causes of seizure. You know what, forget it ACCIDENTS HAPPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These knee-jerk reactions to one incredibly sad incident are ridiculous!
Ron November 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Be careful JH someone may act on these and also try and ban masturbation as it causes blindness.
S MAC November 13, 2012 at 01:19 PM
It is a terrible loss, and as a father, I can't imagine what this poor man must be going through. However, this pond is very safe. I've been living here 22 years, and nothing like this has happened before. THINK about that people. Horrible accidents happen, no matter what is done to prevent them. The waterline is quite removed from the walkway by either fenced in piers, yes fenced, or is separated by at least 10 feet, plantings and rocks in most areas. A child is not "suddenly going to be in the water." Fencing off this beautiful pond is ridiculous. Why not fence off the beaches too? People drown at the beaches on a regular basis each year. Toddlers already have a dedicated fenced-in play area at this park. The population of Huntington should not be punished because one man was not paying attention to his child. It is tragic, please do not confuse my response with that of someone who is not feeling the human element here, I am.
Mike douglas November 13, 2012 at 01:24 PM
AOL owns patch
Samira Baabee November 13, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I think we should all be careful with our words because, what if the father of this child was reading these comments How painful it would be for him, put yourself literally in his shoes for just 5 minutes, read these comments. His child has just passed away. Please be careful with what you post even if it is your opinion, put other people's feelings into perspective.
Christine November 13, 2012 at 10:21 PM
ac·ci·dent/ˈaksidənt/ Noun: An unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury. I don't think most people are placing blame. It would just be unfortunate to take away another peaceful landscape to try to child proof it. I think the playground being fenced in is quite enough, along with the entire park. This child was not at the playground. My children come home from school and are so disappointed that at recess they are not allowed to run around at the playground anymore and they are not allowed to play games like tag. The recess was changed because a child broke a bone during recess at the playground a few years back. Obviously I am very sorry for this parent. no fence please.
Travis L November 14, 2012 at 02:00 AM
My prayers go out to them but honestly, the fault isn't with the lack of a fence. It's the lack of parenting and paying attention to their children as opposed to chit chatting with friends, texting and talking on the phone. This is extremely unfortunate and just another reason parents need to be "with" their children and paying attention to them at all times. Cell phones, friends and calls can wait!
Brooke November 14, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Phones are not going away and neither are the children in the park. Try to have empathy for these parents and an innocent two year who is no longer here and there is nothing anyone can do about it. I grew up there so did my parents, grandparents, and great grandparents. I remember jumping across stepping stones in the water.There has never been anything like this before.
Steve November 14, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Right On JH! To many people want the government to be their parents, they don't want to be responsible for their own actions. Regulate everything, because people can't think for themselves or be responsible for their own actions...how about we all live in a bubble! We are headed there...but lets put a fence around the pond...and change it from a park to a prison. And yes I think we all feel for this man and his family, it's a very sad and tragic, a death of a child is loss for our entire community.
Lena Famiglietti November 14, 2012 at 06:35 PM
You Do Not need a fence around the pond. You need parents to start really watching their kids instead of being on their cell phone and tablets while the littlest kids go running off in every direction looking for "Mommy or Daddy". I grew up in Huntington and I've seen these parents totally ignore young ones as little as 18 months that just learned to walk...it's horrible how some of these children are left alone and not really watched over. I take my granddaughter to that park constantly and see children wondering that are very little without parents right next to them. I feel awful for the parents of this poor little boy that died and I am not blaming them at all but a fence is not going to prevent this from happening again. This was a horrible accident I'm sure. But, most parents are way to busy with their phones and personal business at that park especially in the summer...they just leave the kids alone to play. They are lucky that there haven't been kidnappings there yet. It's very scarey!!
Tim Phillips November 14, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Too many people mention a distracted parent as the likely cause. I don't have any more information than is in the story, and it doesn't mention anything about a distracted parent. While that is the most likely scenario given the information, it's not the only scenario. Regardless, fencing or protecting an area just because of a "potential" danger is not the answer. There's no fence around the grand canyon or the ocean and there shouldn't be.
Diana Mendez November 15, 2012 at 04:45 PM
There are dangers lurking around every corner.. Maybe we should just start putting our kids in bubbles so we don't have to watch them.. Let's fence in the pond, and while we're at it we should fence in the beach too..
Jeannie November 16, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Well said, Lisa. God bless this family as they prepare to bury their child. May God give them the strength to get through this. Samira, I agree with you. We cannot blame ourselves... this poor Dad and their family need strength and support to get through this, not Monday morning quarterbacks!!!
Bobby Jaxx November 16, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Putting up a fence around the pond is a ludicrous idea. I brought both my children to the pond when they were little and when we walked around it, we held hands unless we were on the small boardwalk areas. This is a beautiful pond. For those of you who are scared of it, here's an idea; don't go there with your kids.
Tim Phillips November 16, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Great comment.
Marie C November 17, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Why not put a fence around the playground with a gate that closes? Why are children allowed to free roam where there is a body of water? Take them to a safer park. Children First yes, put their safety before everything and go to a non pond park. We don't have fences around our streets.
Marie C November 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM
Stefan because it's a free world.
Olga November 18, 2012 at 02:52 AM
I took my 3 and 2 year old to this park , and I remember seeing a little 3 year old boy crying in the playground asking for his mommy. I went around looking for her and she was no where to be found in the playground. When I was close to calling the police, she appeared, and she was playing tennis with her older child. Totally irresponsible mother. I agree Parents need to keep an eye on their children at all times before something like this happens again. My prayers and thoughts are for the family who lost this child.
terri bivona December 20, 2012 at 05:30 PM
I don't believe that at a time of terrible loss like this one, it is right or the time to blame parents, especially since those blaming weren't there to see the parents "be distracted" or "irresponsible." The discussion about a fence should be a separate issue with everyone expressing concerns.
Christine B March 13, 2013 at 10:21 AM
If I am not mistaken, this is not the first time someone drowned on that pond?? Late 70s, early 80s?? I also remember when they had to dreg it because too many people were feeding the ducks bread and they weren't eating the algae as they should. The pond has been there a long time and slot had happened with it. No need to fill in.....however parents must be more attentive and PERHAPS a lifeguard?? We have them at every town beach and pool!!
Linda Otta March 13, 2013 at 11:27 AM
So 2 people have drowned in 40 years so we should hire lifeguards? If the lifeguard had only been paid $75K per year that lifeguard would have cost us 3million without benefits or any other increases. People die. It is sad but part of life. It does not mean we coutinue to spiral into knee jerk reactions in the name of "safety" that tax us out of out lives like we are seeing now. Why not put bumpers on the LIE? Give everyone a private driver, and tell me again why cigarettes are still legal.....people need to parent better....period. If you cant handle watching your children choose a park without a pond.
Christine B March 13, 2013 at 12:27 PM
Linda you are heartless!!!! I don't think you would be so cavalier to say "So 2 people drowned in 40 years" If it was your child!!! And BTW, lifeguards don't make $75k a year!! If the taxes are too heavy a burden for you on LI...leave, and take that attitude with you!
Jim R. March 13, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Christine - a lifeguard would only encourage swimming. I agree w/Linda, watch your kids. We can't bubble wrap and shelter them.
Linda Otta March 13, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Christine I have had to move in with my children because taxes are too high. If it was my child at that age that drowned it would be my fault and my fault alone and only I would have to live with it. I would not make it a financial burden on all of society.
Linda Otta March 13, 2013 at 07:51 PM
In California they make $100K (lifeguards) ... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/20/salary-compensation-of-100k-newport-riles_n_864626.html the ones that make you think you should go swimming.....so not sure how or why you would know how much they do ro do not make but ANY amount is too much. We need to stop bubblewrapping society and trying to protect them from themselves all the time at such a cost, the cost is called regulation which has caused business's to leave long island and the taxes that support it? People, like myself, to have to move, sell your house (if you can) or move in with your kids. But hey! Thanks for being a good neighbor and telling me to leave, I can't go anywhere now.....I am too old, my American Dream home I was taxed out of and your non-heartless answer is too move. Thank you for your understanding and kindness. SO I stand by what I said before. IN 14,600 days....2 people have died. I would call that a very safe park statistically speaking.


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