Boy, 2, in critical condition after being dragged from lake as teenager arrested
A teenager has been arrested after a toddler was found unresponsive in a lake at a nature reserve.
Police are appealing for witnesses as the two-year-old – who was found at Swanwick Lakes, Hampshire, on Sunday evening – fights for his life.
The youngster was rescued from the water after ambulance crews and firefighters were scrambled to the scene just after 8.20pm.
He is being cared for at Southampton General Hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.
Police believe the 18-year-old who has been arrested is "known to the boy".
A spokesperson for Hampshire Police said: "We’re investigating the circumstances surrounding how the boy came to be in the water, and officers would like to hear from anyone who was in this area between 7.45pm and 8.30pm.
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"An 18-year-old man from Southampton, who is known to the boy, has been arrested in connection with this incident and is assisting us with inquiries."
The 35-hectare site at Swanwick Lakes, near Fareham, is managed as a wildlife reserve by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.
Detective Inspector Toby Elcock said: "We know this incident will come as a shock to the local community, but we ask people to please not speculate as we follow up all lines of inquiry to establish how the boy came to be in the water.
"We are keeping an open mind as to what has happened, and we are keen to speak to anyone in the area to help us build up a picture of the circumstances.
"If you were in the area at this time, please call us. Any information, no matter how small, could prove significant, so please do get in touch."
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting 44210210811.
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