LUCEDALE, MS (WLOX) - Officials have determined the cause of death for the toddler who was found in Lucedale early Monday morning.
According to George County Sheriff's Office, the coroner's preliminary investigation indicates the child died as a result of drowning.
The 3-year-old boy was found in a pond near his residence in the 16000 block of Hwy. 26 West, east of Hwy. 63.
George County Sheriff Keith Havard told WLOX News Now the parents had reported the child missing just minutes before a deputy found the body.
Sheriff Havard said at this time "there's absolutely no reason to suspect any foul play."
According to the sheriff, the child was last seen by his parents sometime during the night. Officials haven't said how the child got out.
Havard said the Department of Human Services will be contacted Tuesday morning with a finished initial report on the case. He also confirmed the child's siblings remain with their parents.
Anyone with information on this case is urged to call George County Sheriff's Office at 601-947-4811.