CORNVILLE — A 2-year-old boy died late Wednesday a day after he was found unresponsive in a small farm pond in the Somerset County town of Cornville, police said.

The child was found near a house at 85 James Road, according to Shannon Moss, spokesperson for the Maine Department of Public Safety. She confirmed the child’s death.

“The child was at a relative’s home,” Moss said by email Thursday. “He was in the water for a short time before the relative noticed he was not in the house. Sadly, the child passed away last night.”

The report came in Tuesday shortly before 3 p.m. to the Somerset County Regional Communications Center in Skowhegan and Moss said earlier this week that the incident “appears to be a tragic accident for the family and all of those involved.”

“No other information is being released at this time,” Moss said.

A man who was at the Cornville home Thursday declined to speak with the Morning Sentinel.

The child was taken by ambulance to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan and then airlifted to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

The incident generated a large response from emergency agencies, including Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, Maine State Police and officers from the State Police Major Crimes Unit, game wardens and forest rangers, according to Moss.

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