An 18-month-old boy was found dead in a lake at a country manor estate in Wales after his mum frantically called police reporting him missing, an inquest has heard.
Finley Howell Sanders was pulled from the water 45 minutes after his mum called police to report him missing.
An inquest this week heard the youngster had disappeared from his mother’s sight at the Maesycrugiau Manor near Pencader in Carmarthenshire.
Little Finley, of Clydach in Swansea, South Wales, was pronounced dead in the early hours of May 27 this year.
The inquest heard a Dyfed-Powys Police investigation is ongoing following the tragedy in the grounds of the Grade II-listed building, Wales Online reports.
Speaking at the opening of the inquest, coroner’s officer for Dyfed-Powys Police, Hayley Rogers said: “At 10pm on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, police received an emergency call from a distressed female stating that she was unable to find her 18-month-old son at Maesycrugiau Manor.
“A search within the grounds ensued and at 10.45pm the child, identified as Finley Howell Sanders, of Heol y Nant, Clydach, was found unresponsive in one of the lakes within the grounds.”
Ms Rogers added that “despite the best efforts of the emergency services” Finley was pronounced dead a short time later “in the early hours of the following morning”.
Dyfed-Powys Police subsequently launched a full investigation into the death, which remains ongoing.
Extending his sympathies to the Sanders family Paul Bennett, the acting senior coroner for Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, adjourned the inquest for a period of three months.
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