Child in grave condition after being pulled from retention pond

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Police are investigating after a child with autism was found in a north side retention pond late Thursday night.

Police were dispatched to the 8400 block of Devonshire Court on reports of a missing child shortly after 11 p.m.

When officers arrived they located the family in need. The family only spoke French, however, one of the first responders was bilingual and was able to communicate with the family to find out what was wrong.

The family notified authorities that their 3-year-old was missing. A short time later police say they found the child face down in the nearby retention pond.

"Our officers along with the child’s father immediately went into the water to recover the body of the child," said Major Richard Riddle with IMPD.

The child was transported to St. Vincent Hospital in grave condition.

Police say the boy was able to open the back door of the first-floor apartment and wandered toward the pond.

"Those who live around water, live near retention ponds, (need to) do everything they can to secure doors and talk to little ones about water safety, and do everything in their power to prevent something tragic as we see here," Riddle said

Police say they do not believe foul play was involved.

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