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The 3-year-old who drowned in the Kan. Creek was in foster care

The 3-year-old who drowned in the Kan.  Creek was in foster care

The 3-year-old who drowned in the Kan.  Creek was in foster care
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BUTLER COUNTY – Investigators have released the name of the 3-year-old whose body was found in a Kansas waterway over the weekend as Michael Aikman, according to Butler County Undersheriff Daimon Cundiff. His cause of death was confirmed to be accidental drowning, according to the Sedgwick County Regional Forensics Science Center.

According to Cundiff, a child welfare agency temporarily placed the boy in foster care with relatives in a rural home in Kansas.

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Just before 7 p.m. Saturday, Butler County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 12000 Block of SW. Prairie Creek Road just outside Andover after a report of a missing 3-year-old boy, Cundiff said.

First responders found the property large, with a combination of wood and waterways. Multiple agencies responded to assist in the search, including water rescue from the August Department of Public Safety.

The initial report indicated that the boy was playing outside the home while an adult was present and doing yard work. The child wandered off but is believed to still be on the property. A search of the area involving the water, drones, divers and K9s continued until just after 3 a.m. Sunday.

Just after 7:30 am. On Sunday, shortly after the search restarted, the boy’s body was found in a waterway not far from the home on the property.

Authorities assume it was an accidental drowning. An autopsy will determine the specific cause of death, Cundiff said. There is no suspicion of foul play. The child is a relative of the residents, but not their child.