Boy found in Fallon-area irrigation ditch dies

Boy found in Fallon-area irrigation ditch dies

CREATED Aug. 26, 2012

FALLON, Nev. (AP) -- A 6-year-old boy who was found in an irrigation ditch in Churchill County has died at a Reno hospital.

The Lahontan Valley News reports the apparent drowning victim died Friday at Renown Regional Medical Center.

Sheriff Ben Trotter says a group of three boys were digging for bugs Aug. 18 along the ditch off Birch Road when two of them went home to get a bucket, leaving the victim alone.

He says the victim slipped into the canal and may have been in the water for as long as 20 minutes.

The two other boys couldn't find him when they returned to the canal, and rescuers were called.

The victim, whose name hasn't been released, was flown by Careflight helicopter to the Reno hospital.