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Citrus County toddler drowns in canal

Inverness, Florida -- Citrus County deputies say a missing toddler drowned in a nearby canal.

The Sheriff's Office says deputies were called to a home on East Tsala Apopka Drive in Inverness on Tuesday, where Tristan Costello had gone missing.

"This lady is coming up the road at a very fast pace yelling have you seen my son, have you seen my son," said neighbor Joan Van Horn.

The child's mother asked Van Horn to help search for the three-year-old. Van Horn and her husband searched the neighborhood and could not find him.

A short time later, someone in an airboat found the young boy's body floating in the canal.

"When I looked back they had already pulled him from the water," said Van Horn.

Citrus County rescue officials performed CPR on the child while the mother stood by a watched. Tristan was transported to Citrus Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives are investigating to determine what exactly happened.

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