BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County) – A 4-year-old drowned in a Bridgewater Township lake Friday evening, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
On August 6, at around 8:37 p.m., police received a 9-1-1 call reporting a child drowning in Sunset Lake. Upon arrival, officers observed bystanders administering CPR on the child and immediately took over life saving measures, Robertson said.
Liberty Corner EMS and Robert Wood Johnson Paramedics transported the child to a nearby hospital while continuing life saving measures. The Bridgewater Township child was subsequently pronounced dead at the hospital, Robertson said.
Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Bridgewater Police Department responded to conduct an investigation which yielded preliminary results as an accidental drowning.
On Sunday, August 8, the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office performed a post-mortem examination with preliminary findings ruled the child’s death an accident by drowning. The final autopsy report along with the findings is pending, Robertson said.
The boy was identified on a GoFundMe page as Kyle Meyers.
“On Friday night a neighbor within our community, Sheila Meyers, suffered a horrible tragedy when her four year old son, Kyle, accidentally drowned at Sunset Lake. Our members took heroic action to try and save his life prior to the arrival of emergency services and the police, and I am grateful for their efforts. This occurred immediately before movie night was to begin and several of our members and their children played with Kyle in the hour or so before events unfolded. One of our members accompanied Sheila to the hospital and I am grateful for her help as well,” according to the GoFundMe page created by Michael Mclaughlin.
“As a community, we are deeply wounded. Several of you have expressed a willingness to help Sheila and her family with funeral expenses, prepared meals, etc. I have reached out to Sheila’s family and communicated this and her family is appreciative of our concern. This GoFundMe is Sunset Lake’s effort to help,” Mclaughlin wrote
Anyone with information relating to the drowning to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office 908-231-7100 or the Bridgewater Township Police Department at 908-722-4111 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.