Toddler With Autism Pulled From Pond in Manchester

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NBC Connecticut

Bystanders in Manchester pulled a 3-year-old girl with autism from a pond Thursday morning, according to police.

Witnesses noticed the girl walk into the water at the pond's edge near 780 Vernon Street. The toddler then fell in, police said.

The people nearby got her out of the water and she was not injured.

Police located the girl's mother and the child was taken to Connecticut Children's to be evaluated as a precaution.

Experts say children with autism often wander and may be drawn to water. Drowning is a leading cause of death for people on the autism spectrum.

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