Athens boy drowns at Taghkanic State Park

A three-year-old boy who drowned at Taghkanic State Park in Columbia County on Tuesday afternoon was identified by state police today as Connor Bagley of Athens, according to several news accounts.

Fox 23 spoke to police and several witnesses at the scene on Tuesday:

New York State Police Captain Scott Brown says Connor Bagley was first reported missing to the lifeguards on duty by his mother, and that it’s unclear how long the boy was under water.

But, Brown says, once Connor was pulled out of the water and onto the beach, it was too late.

At around 5 p.m. Captain Brown said, “I’m told they (lifeguards, EMT’s and firefighters) worked tirelessly to save Connor. Unfortunately, in the last few minutes we were advised that Connor has passed away,” his voice cracking.

The Freeman reports that no charges are being pursued:

Investigator Eric Barnes of the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation said police are not pursuing charges in the incident.

“The child’s mother lost sight of him for just a moment. But it doesn’t take long,” Barnes said Wednesday. “There are no charges pending, nor will there be an autopsy. There is no suspicion of neglect or foul play. It’s just a tragedy.”