BREAKING: PBSO IDs boy who drowned in West Palm-area lake


The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has identified the 4-year-old boy who drowned Tuesday at a suburban West Palm Beach apartment complex.

The office said the child was Wedson Paul.

The incident took place at the Palms West apartments off Quail Lake Drive in the Westgate neighborhood near Okeechobee Boulevard and Military Trail.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue was told a child went missing near the lake behind in the complex. Rescue divers went into the water at about 9:30 a.m. and began to search, Fire Rescue said.

Authorities found the boy and took him to a hospital. Paul died there, the sheriff’s office said.

Preliminary reports indicate there were five drownings of children under 12 in Palm Beach County last year, according to Anna Stewart, manager of the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County.

She said she had not yet received any medical examiners reports of children drowning this year prior to Tuesday.


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