Springfield Police identified the 8-year-old boy who died in an apparent drowning at Springfield Lake on Saturday.
Brandon Kitts, of Akron, was at the lake for a family gathering. The boy's mother notified police officers at approximately 5:30 p.m. that her son was and that she had last seen him playing with the ducks approximately 45 minutes earlier at the east end of the park.
She also said that the child was swimming in the lake earlier in the afternoon, but she had not seen him go back in the water. Officers and the Springfield Township Fire and Rescue responded and searched the area. Coventry Fire Department and the city of Green Fire Department assisted with the search.
Kitts was found unresponsive approximately 30 feet from shore in four feet of water. Springfield Police Sgt. Eric East said the boy was transported to Akron Children's Hospital "where he unfortunately passed despite the great efforts of emergency and medical personnel."