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Child’s death was accident, authorities say

Child’s death was accident, authorities say

Authorities are ruling the cause of death of a toddler who died in Jenkins last week an accidental drowning.

Kentucky State Police Detective Randy Combs said that eighteenmonth old Curtis Wayne Nicholas Bryce Anderson III, of McRoberts, "was outside and got into a creek" on April 9. The toddler was flown to the Johnson City Medical Center in Tennessee where he was pronounced dead.

Combs said an autopsy report conducted in Tennessee ruled the death an accidental drowning.

Combs would not comment on unattended when he wandered to the creek, but said he suspects no foul play.

Police say Curtis was playing on swings in his grandparents’ yard at Jenkins before he was found in a nearby creek.

"The parents said the baby was alone five to 10 minutes. When they found him he was face down floating in the stream. He had been in the water at least that long," said a source familiar with the case.

Combs has charge of the investigation.

Curtis enjoyed playing with his toys, playing with his brothers and sisters, and spending time with his parents and grandparents.

Survivors include his parents, Curtis Wayne Anderson II and Melissa Gail Bentley Anderson of McRoberts; two sisters, Kayleigh Weir and Erin Paige Alexandria Anderson, both of McRoberts; two brothers, Braiden Weir and Isaiah Anderson, both of McRoberts; maternal grandparents, Buford and Wanda Bentley, of Jenkins; paternal grandparents, Curtis and Nell Anderson, of McRoberts; and a great-grandmother, Dina Branham, of Burdine.

Funeral services were held April 12 at the Burdine Freewill Baptist Church in Jenkins. Burial was in the Lonesome Dove Cemetery at McRoberts. Carty Funeral Home in Fleming Neon had charge of arrangements.

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