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Chattahoochee River

Firefighters find toddler’s lifeless body in river while filming water safety announcement

A Georgia fire department stumbled upon a child’s body on Thursday while filming a public announcement about staying safe while in water.

According to firefighter Detrich Reid, the incident happened in Cobb County at Paces Mill Park, along the Chattahoochee River. The child was a male, police said, but his identity is currently unknown.

“Cobb County Fire, they came out here to do a public service announcement just to teach about water safety and as they got out here, they noticed there was a toddler or a child of some sort that was floating down the river,” Cobb County Officer Shenise Barner told Fox 5 Atlanta.

Cobb police said it appeared as if the child’s body had been in the water for a few days, but no one in the county has reported a child missing that fits the description. Authorities are currently working with other agencies to determine the child’s identity.

Police said the child is believed to be around one to two years old.

According to WSB-TV, police have not ruled out foul play and are unclear whether the boy drowned or if someone dumped his body in the river.

“We don’t know where the child possibly entered the river. The river spans several different counties, several different cities. So we’re not exactly sure and we’re going to treat it as a crime scene,” Barner said.

The investigation continues. Anyone with information is urged to call Cobb County police at 770-499-3900. Check back for updates.

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[Feature Photo: US National Park Service/Public domain]