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UPDATE: Missing child dies after being found in pool

Posted: March 21, 2014 3:35 p.m.
Updated: March 21, 2014 7:21 p.m.

This image, originally posted on the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station Twitter account, shows Travis Stratton.

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A 4-year-old child missing for several hours Friday in Castaic was found in a neighbor’s pool, taken to the hospital but pronounced dead there.

The child, Travis Stratton, was reported missing in the area of the 32500 block of The Old Road about 1 p.m. Friday, according to information from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

An extensive search followed, lasting several hours, said Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Deputy Josh Dubin.

The child was later found in a swimming pool at another Castaic residence nearby, Dubin said.

Deputies jumped into the pool and hauled the child out. He was airlifted to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead just after 4 p.m. Friday, Dubin said.

The house where the child was found was in the 28600 block of Black Oak Lane, about a block away from where he was first reported missing.

The pool was secured by a locked gate, according to a deputy who was on the scene. It is currently unclear how the child made his way into the pool area.




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