Body Of Missing 4-Year-Old Autistic Boy Found In Pond Near Family’s Home
In extremely sad news out of South Carolina, a 4-year-old Autistic boy from New York was found drowned in a pond near the home of family he was visiting for the holidays before going missing on Christmas Eve.
via NY Daily News
The body of an autistic Westchester County boy — who went missing in South Carolina while under the care of his grandmother — has been found in a pond near her home.
The grim discovery Friday ended a frantic search that began after 4-year-old Jayden Morrison vanished from his grandmother’s home on Christmas Eve.
“We’re just distraught,” the grandmother, Carolyn Sumpter told the Daily News.
Jayden, who is nonverbal, disappeared shortly after his family arrived at Sumpter’s home in the coastal town of Little River, about 25 miles north of Myrtle Beach.
His mother, Tabatha Morrison, had gone out for last-minute Christmas shopping, leaving behind Jayden and his two brothers.
Sumpter, after taking a phone call, noticed that only Jayden’s brothers were inside the house. She soon made an ominous discovery: The front door was open.
A massive search was launched. Helicopters combed the area from above while police officers, firefighters and more than 100 volunteers scoured the grounds surrounding Sumpter’s home.
At the same time, teams of police divers searched nearby retention ponds but found no sign of Jayden.
But their worst fear was realized late Friday morning when Jayden’s body surfaced in a pond located 10 homes away from his grandmother’s place.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jayden’s family. May this little angel rest in peace.
Horry County Police Department