Uncle talks about toddler killed in flooded wash

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Crystal Cruz

Posted on July 30, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 30 at 6:25 PM

SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. -- A 2-year-old boy drowned when he was swept away by a flooded wash Sunday night.

"To a little boy who doesn't know any better, who loves the swimming pool, it looks like fun. it's just one of those tragedies," said Dylan Brown’s uncle, Paul Schreiber.

The toddler was playing with other kids outside of his grandparent's home in the rain. The child walked away from the group towards the wash and fell in.

"He wasn't afraid of anything. Always looking to have fun and be the life of the party," said Schreiber.

Mary McDaniels said her San Tan Valley neighbors were enjoying the rain until they got word that the Brown was missing.

What had been a fun and exciting evening quickly filled with panic and foreboding as the search for the child got under way.

Although the wash where Dylan drowned is relatively shallow, the flood waters were moving extremely fast. McDaniels took video of the wash, which is located behind a home, as it was running and the sheer strength of the rushing water was evident.

A neighbor on an ATV found the little boy at the end of the wash shortly after 6:20 p.m.

While paramedics wanted to air-lift Dylan to the hospital, the weather made that impossible. They were forced to transport him to Banner Ironwood Hospital by ground ambulance.

The little boy was pronounced dead at 8:30 p.m.

"It totally breaks my heart," McDaniels told 3TV's Ryan O'Donnell. "Everyone this morning is so sad. We know what happened and it's just very sad."

The boy's parents were house-sitting for the child's grandparents who are on vacation in Idaho. After hearing about the tragedy, the grandparents immediately started making plans to return home.

The Pinal County Sheriff's Officer flew in Monday morning to take some aerial photos of the wash in which Dylan drowned.

At this point, investigators believe the child's drowning was an accident.

A memorial account has been established at Desert School's Federal Credit Union under the name 'Dylan Dee Brown' to help with funeral expenses.

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