3-year-old boy drowns in southwestern Missouri lake

NIXA, Mo. – Authorities say a 3-year-old boy has drowned in Table Rock Lake in southwestern Missouri.

Springfield television station KOLR reports the drowning happened Sunday night. Authorities say the boy was left unattended and without a life vest around 9 p.m. at the Mill Creek Park swim area at the lake and was found floating in the water later in the night. The child was flown to a Branson hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The drowning was the 12th handled this year by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop D, which covers an 18-county area in the state’s southwestern corner.