5-year-old girl drowns, 3-year-old girl hospitalized after falling into pond in Boone County


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The 3-year-old who was in critical condition after falling into a pond has now died.


BOONE COUNTY, Ind. — A 5-year-old girl drowned and a 3-year-old remains in critical condition after an incident Wednesday in Boone County.

Around 11:45 a.m., a 911 caller reported two children fell into a pond in the 11000 block of W. CR 500 S. near Jamestown. The caller said the children were not breathing.

Police say family members were performing CPR when they arrived.

The Boone County Sheriff’s office says a 5-year-old girl was pronounced dead. She was identified as Arianna Aliff. A 3-year-old girl was taken to Riley Hospital for Children and is in critical condition. Police say the 3-year-old girl is a foster child and the parents are licensed.

“We are currently working very closely with the Boone County Coroner’s Office, the Indiana Department of Child Services, and the Department of Natural Resources on this investigation. First and foremost, please keep the Aliff family in your thoughts and prayers. This is a tragedy that none of us should ever have to endure, the loss or serious injury of a child. I want to assure everyone that we will continue to do our due diligence in finding out why this happened, or how it could have been prevented. Please respect the privacy of the family as they grieve during this difficult time.”

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