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Police: Toddler hospitalized after swimming accident in East Montpelier

July 6, 2017 GMT

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. -

A two-and-a-half-year-old in Department for Children’s and Families custody is in critical condition. The toddler was found unconscious at an East Montpelier pool.

Right now the little boy is at UVM Medical Center and everyone from the governor to State Police and DCF is declining to talk about what happened.

Vermont State Police say the boy was found unresponsive in a family pool in East Montpelier at around 11 a.m. Wednesday. Emergency responders performed CPR on the way to the hospital and were able to establish a heartbeat.

Officials say initial reports show the child is in the custody of DCF and being cared for by a foster family. WCAX was at the scene where his foster family declined to talk with us.

We reached out to State Police for an interview Wednesday night, but were told no one was available. Law enforcement officials said to check back in Thursday, which we will do.

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In the meantime, we picked up the phone and called the DCF commissioner.

“Under Vermont’s law I need to maintain confidentiality, regarding child welfare matters,” said Ken Schatz, DCF commissioner.

Then we went to Governor Phil Scott, whose office said he was not available for an interview, but gave us the following statement:

“This is obviously a tragic and heart wrenching incident and our Administration will work to ensure a full investigation in order to learn exactly how this occurred. In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers are with the child.”

The Vermont State Police and DCF are investigating. We’re going to continue to reach out to our state leaders for answers.