CHENNAI: The body of a three-year-old child, G Atul Akash was fished out of a pond near his house at Karapakkam near Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) on Sunday night.
According to police, the boy was reported missing from Sunday afternoon, after he slipped out of the house while his mother was tending to his sibling. The boy’s father, working in a private enterprise at Alwarpet, was not at home then.
Police said that a few hours before the boy went missing, he had been brought back to the home by a neighbour who had seen him watching a few locals fishing in a canal near his house. After returning home, Atul once again slipped out of the house after which his family and neighbours began searching for him and informed the police, police said.
Police initially looked for him near the canal, where he was earlier picked up by the neighbour, but couldn’t locate him. Later, they found his body in the small pond close to his house. A police source said the boy would often climb the compound wall around the pond and could have slipped and fallen in it while climbing it on Sunday.
The body was handed over to the parents after a post-mortem in the Government Hospital at Royapettah.