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Toddler drowns in Denair canal
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A 2-year-old Denair boy died Monday night after he was found unresponsive in a canal, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The toddler was identified as Greyson Cooper.

At 6:20 p.m. Monday deputies and the Denair Fire Department were dispatched to assist in the search for a missing 2-year-old boy in the 4300 block of Swanson Road.

Family and friends who were on the property began searching for Greyson while awaiting first responders. One of them located Greyson in the water filled canal about half a mile away from the residence, according to the sheriff’s office. The canal runs parallel to Swanson Road.

Greyson was pulled from the water and taken to the road, where CPR was started. The Denair Fire Department arrived at the scene within minutes and took over CPR.

Despite the hospital staff’s best efforts, the child remained in critical condition for several hours and ultimately passed away at 10:34 p.m. Monday.

The Major Crimes Unit and Special Victims Unit was dispatched and took over the investigation. An autopsy was conducted Tuesday afternoon and found there was water in the boy’s lungs.


Toxicology results are pending, but the apparent cause of death is that the child drowned, the sheriff’s office reported.


Though current evidence suggests this to be a tragic accident, law enforcement will complete a thorough investigation. Family has and continues to cooperate with investigators.