North East Wales

Harvey Lee Williams: Toddler died accidentally, coroner says

Wrexham Maelor Hospital
Image caption Harvey Lee Williams was declared dead at Wrexham Maelor Hospital last year

A toddler who had an obsession with water drowned accidentally in a neighbour's pond in Denbighshire, a coroner has said.

Two-year-old Harvey Williams was found face down in the garden pond in Froncysyllte last December.

The inquest at Ruthin Town Hall was told Harvey, who was autistic, had banged his head in the fall.

The family were moving to a new home on the day Harvey died as they thought it would provide a safer environment.

The inquest heard Harvey's mother Amy Dipper and her partner Daniel Leach were in the process of moving when the little boy wandered a short distance to the neighbouring property.

In a statement read by coroner John Gittins, Mr Leach described the frantic search that began the moment they realised Harvey was no longer with his four-year-old brother.

Mr Leach saw Harvey face down in the pond, pulled him out and tried to revive him before he was taken to Wrexham's Maelor Hospital where he died.

Mr Gittins told the family: "Your eye was taken off him for just a moment, but in the circumstances that was all it took."

He added he hoped the burden they must feel would one day be lifted and they would be left with memories of a happy child.

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