2009-06-18 / Front Page

Accidental Drowning Ruled in Death of Toddler

Last Thursday, June 11, 2009, at about 2:45 p.m., the Lee County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call in reference to a potential drowning. Captain Adam Gonzales and Deputy Nathan Lapham arrived at the residence, located at 1001 Willow Creek Rd., west of Blue between FM 619 and Old Lexington Road, near the Lee/ Bastrop County line.

When they arrived, they learned that two-year-old Zachary Allen Anders had gone next door to play with a neighbor's child. A relative went next door to check on the child; however, he was not found in the house. A search was made around the house where an Aunt found the child face down in a goldfish pond, about 18 inches deep, near the neighbor's house.

The aunt pulled the toddler from the pond and C.P.R. was administered by Rebecca Hall and Diana Perkins. Guardian Ambulance Service from Bastrop County and B & M Ambulance from Giddings were dispatched, but Guardian Ambulance Service was unable to revive the child.

Nick Hester, Lee County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, was called to hold the inquest. He ordered an autopsy, which was performed by the Travis County Medical Examiner's office. The initial cause of death was determined to be Drowning by Accident.

Zachary was the son of Nicholas Anders and Chelsea Romero. A funeral service was held Tuesday afternoon at the Elgin Funeral Home with burial following at the Elgin Cemetery.

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