Two-Year Old Dead in Septic Tank Accident

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

The Montrose County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a two-year-old boy, after it says he was found in a septic tank at the home he was visiting.

Mark Neill, a neighbor, says it was so dark outside Sunday night when the accident happened, that all he could see were cars and flashing lights. He says he had assumed there was some kind of ATV accident.

"We could just hear a couple of different voices in despair, or crying and moaning," said Neill.

Neill says he remembers seeing ambulances on scene for about ten minutes before they rushed off.

"We were hoping things were okay," said Neill. "They kept their lights on when they left, which made us think they had to speed to the hospital."

But as it turns out, things weren't okay. Just after 8:00 Sunday night, rescue crews came to the 6800 block of Ogden Road, after receiving reports that a two-year-old boy had fallen into a septic tank.

Officials say when they arrived on scene, they found people trying to perform CPR on the boy. It was a frantic scramble that Neill says another neighbor heard first hand.

"He actually heard a couple of screams or shouts out loud, saying he's dead, he's dead," said Neill.

Officials took over trying to resuscitate the boy until the ambulance arrived, but to no avail. He was later pronounced dead at Montrose Memorial Hospital.

"It's sad that a life was taken," said Neill. "I hope that parents can learn from that."

Sherriff Rick Dunlap says he has never seen anything like it in his law enforcement career. "I've got a two year old granddaughter and I can't imagine what the parents are going through," says Dunlap," It's a call you hope you never get. These little guys dissapear so fast you can't let them out of sight."

According to the Montrose County Coroner, the victim's name is Steven Flores Avilla. He says the boy's death appears to be consistent with drowning, although he won't be able to officially tell until an autopsy is performed.

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