Deputies: 1-year-old falls into hole, dies

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — An infant boy has been found dead inside a water-filled backyard hole in Ocala.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office tells local media that 1-year-old Wyatt Steed was discovered Sunday inside the 30-inch-wide by 23-inch-long hole, about an hour after his guardian called to report him missing.

Deputies say they were told that Steed’s guardian was a friend of his mother’s, and that the guardian had taken Steed for a walk, turning around to find him missing.

Deputies were called to the scene when the boy was discovered in the hole, located on the property of the guardian’s apartment complex. It is unclear how deep the hole was.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives are investigating the incident. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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