ROCHESTER, Minn. - We're learning more about the death of a child Saturday night in Rochester.
Jasmin McBride tells KIMT News 3 her 6-year-old son drowned. Deon McBride was visiting his dad in Rochester for the summer and on Saturday they decided to go to Cascade Lake Park.
"When you lose a kid, you lose a piece of you," McBride, the victim's mother, said. "I lost something very special. He was more than just my son, he was my best friend. He used to tell me every day how beautiful I was. He was so polite he always tried to help me. He always tried to help me. I lost a piece of me but I'm trying to keep it together."
According to city officials, police officers responded to a call about a missing child last seen at the lake.
Lt. Jim Evenson was one of the first responders on the scene.
"A lot of calls that officers go on are mentally hard to deal with," Lt. Evenson said, "and one of the hardest ones is a call where it involves a child."
He says people at the lake formed a chain that extended 20-30 yards and completed a sweep.
"Within probably 10 minutes the person was found and removed from the water," Lt. Evenson said.
McBride says that person was her son Deon. First responders performed CPR before taking the child to St. Mary's.
Due to the investigation, police can't confirm his death.
McBride only knows bits and pieces about what happened and hopes to learn more in the coming days.
The communitiy has rallied around her during this difficult time by setting up a GoFundMe page.
"I live in Indiana and he [Deon] was born in chicago," McBride said. "I'm trying to get him buried the correct way. I don't want my baby to stay up there. I can't make it there. It's just so much that I need help."
ROCHESTER, Minn. - A child was taken to the hospital Saturday night after a possible drowning in Rochester.
City officials say the police and fire departments, along with other emergency crews responded to Cascade Lake Park just before 7:00 p.m.
Police were made aware of a child who was missing and last seen at the lake. After a sweep, the child was located and brought to shore for first responders to perform CPR.
The child was taken to St. Mary's. No word on their condition.
The investigation is ongoing.