An autopsy on the 3-year-old boy found in a Delhi canal has ruled the child’s death as an accidental drowning, according to the Merced County Sheriff’s Department.
Andres Tomas, 3, of Livingston was last seen Saturday afternoon at his grandmother’s house, located in the area of Letteau Avenue and Shanks Road in Delhi. The boy’s remains were found around 2 p.m. Monday at a barrier in the Turlock Irrigation District canal near the area of Letteau Avenue and Griffith Road. The body was about seven feet down and two miles from the grandmother’s yard.
The Merced County Coroner’s Office conducted the autopsy Tuesday and the pathologist ruled the cause of death was from drowning. Sheriff’s investigators found no evidence of foul play and determined the drowning was accidental.
The boy’s grandmother was watching him and told the sheriff's department she lost sight of him for just a moment as she rounded a corner. When she came around, he had disappeared. The yard abuts a canal and is loosely fenced with falling barbed wire, according to the sheriff’s department.
The sheriff's department had been deploying divers in the canal since Saturday night. Most of the canal had a depth of four and a half feet deep and has a visibility range of about two feet. The sheriff's department asked TID to slow the flow of the swift moving water on Sunday afternoon.