SUMTER — Sumter County Sheriffs investigators are continuing to gather information about how a Rock Hill toddler visiting his grandparents wound up drowning in a pond, while results from the coroners report have confirmed the boys death was accidental.
A forensics unit was at the scene of 2-year-old Byron Barrs death Tuesday gathering evidence, including measuring the distance from the home where the child was staying to the pond, which is located several hundred yards from the house and on the opposite side of the street.
Sheriff Anthony Dennis said his office was continuing to gather information on the circumstances surrounding the 2-year-olds death to determine if any charges will be filed against the adults who were watching the boy.
Our findings will be forwarded to the solicitors office, Dennis said.
An autopsy on the child was performed Tuesday morning in Newberry to confirm the cause of death as drowning. Coroner Harvin Bullock said the results ruled out any possibility the death was anything other than an accidental drowning.
No signs of struggle, foul play or any kind of trauma, Bullock said.
Pathologists were not able to determine how long the child was in the pond before his body was discovered, but it was estimated the child had been gone 20 or 30 minutes before the body was found.
The child was staying with his grandparents in the 100 block of Buckingham Boulevard on a visit from Rock Hill over Veterans Day weekend. His grandparents and an aunt and uncle were in the home when the boy was noticed missing about 1 p.m. Monday. Deputies soon found the child floating on the surface of the pond 200 yards away and attempted to revive him without success.
Dennis said investigators will seek to interview the adults present later this week.
Statements were taken from the family while investigators were on the scene Monday, but their statements will be more accurate after they all have a chance to calm down, Dennis said.
The childs parents were in Rock Hill at the time of his death.