Toddler found in pool is declared dead

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Frank Schultz
September 9, 2014

JANESVILLE—A 2-year-old boy found floating in a Janesville swimming pool Saturday has been declared dead, said Lou Smit, Rock County's acting coroner.

The boy had been on life support at University Hospital in Madison, Smit said. He died Monday night.

The boy, Jonathan D. Cruz, was the son of Devon Dyer of Janesville, Smit said.

Smit said he would not release a cause of death until until after an autopsy scheduled for Wednesday morning.

"He had got to the point where life support was sustaining him, but there was no coming back from it, so it was decided to terminate the artificial means of life support. He had sustained fatal injuries," Smit said.

Smit called the efforts of police officers and firefighters and EMS personnel to resuscitate Jonathan "extremely heroic."

The boy was flown to a Madison hospital Saturday after authorities found him face down in the pool about a block from a relative's home.

Police said Monday they believe the boy went through a gap near the top of a fence to get to the pool.

The boy reportedly was at a grandparent's home in the 1600 block of Walnut Street when he wandered off shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday.

Police searched the neighborhood, and an officer found the boy in the pool in the 1600 block of Oakhill Avenue, police said.

The officer scaled a fence, pulled the boy from the water and started resuscitation, police said.

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