Autistic boy’s drowning leaves neighbors shaken

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MCLENNAN COUNTY, Texas (KWTX) The death of a 12-year-old autistic boy who wandered away from his China Spring area home and was later found facedown in a neighbor’s backyard pool left residents shaken.

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Friends and neighbors identified the boy Monday as Christopher Gardner.

He was reported missing Sunday afternoon from his home in the 1300 block of Bend of the Bosque Road.

Neighbors began to search for him, using four wheelers and golf carts to scour the sparsely populated area.

The McLennan County Sheriff’s Office sent its helicopter to assist in the effort to find the boy, whom a 17-year-old girl later found floating in the pool behind her family’s home, about three-tenths of a mile from where he lived.

“To have something like this happen it's just so sad such a tragedy,” McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said Monday.

Neighbors performed CPR and Gardner was taken to a Waco hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No autopsy was ordered.

Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home in Mexia is handling arrangements.