Toddler Released from Hospital after Falling Through Ice at Spy Pond

Police report family of three is back home and recovering from Sunday incident.

A 3-year-old boy rescued after  Sunday afternoon, has been released from the hospital, a police captain said Monday.

Arlington and departments rescued the 3-year-old and his parents on Sunday after they set out onto thin ice and fell through about 10 feet from shore. The three Arlington residents were reportedly in  as of Sunday evening, according to Police Chief Fred Ryan. 

Police Capt. Richard Flynn said the parents were released from the hospital on Sunday. The 3-year-old was kept overnight for observation for hypothermia and released Monday morning.

"Everybody is now at home, recovered and doing fine," he added.

On Sunday, an Arlington Police  and called for Arlington Fire and EMS/Rescue on the scene. Firefighters put on water immersion suits and located the three victims in the icy waters. The child was unresponsive when placed in one of three ambulances that rushed the victims to Children's, Massachusetts General and Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston.

Flynn said the rescue was an example of a "great job done by all involved."

The Arlington Police Department encourages residents to stay off lakes and ponds until further notice, Ryan said.

Mary T January 25, 2012 at 11:13 AM
The adults should be charged with endangering a child. My mother's brother drowned in a shallow bog on unsafe ice when he was 11. You should never go on ice unless it's 12" thick and been cold cold cold for a long period of time ....like weeks. My child has been told over and over again....never go on the ice! Ever!!
KayGee January 25, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Sure, follow up a frightening event in which the parents could have lost their child and their own lives and are probably still deeply shaken by their lapse in common sense and enormous embarrassment -- yes, after all that, let's charge them with child endangerment. That'll teach 'em! For cryin' out loud - the only difference between these people and EVERY PERSON ON THE PLANET THAT HAS EVER HAD A CHILD is that their temporary lapse in judgement made the local paper. Emergency rooms are filled with 20/20 hindsight and "what was I thinking?" Leave them alone. Use it as an opportunity to educate people on how to judge safe ice.
Mary T January 26, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Temporary lapse of judgement could have killed them all and the folks who had to rescue them. Let the idiot adults go on the ice. Leave the child elsewhere. Just plain stupidity...that's what's wrong with society today.
robert bartholomew January 30, 2012 at 07:15 PM
what ever happened to common sense
robert bartholomew February 01, 2012 at 11:41 AM
obviously not familiar with science and that water freezes at 32 degrees F/ liquid to a solid. Then back to a liquid when temps rise,over 32-F, as they had/ prior to that Sunday, as well as on that Sunday.
krait trololo April 02, 2012 at 03:22 PM
wow, what idiots. who would walk on spy pond when this winter has been WARMER than usual??? if one of them had not recovered, maybe they'd learn a lesson. stupid people need to be allowed to die, so no more idiots are born. natural selection, plz.
x April 03, 2012 at 01:11 AM
One taco short of a Mexican special platter. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III


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