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Chief Anthony J. Facos or
Corporal Matt Knisley
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2019
4 Year Old Child Dies in Drowning
Incident at Residence in Montpelier
On Friday July 19, 2019 at approximately 8:39 PM, the Montpelier Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to 96 Terrace Street, Montpelier, VT for a report of an unresponsive 4-year-old boy recovered from the bottom of a swimming pool. Upon arrival, the first MPD officer on scene took over CPR from a 16-year-old who was performing CPR on the little boy at the side of the pool. Paramedics from MFD took over when they arrived and worked on the patient for some time, before transporting him to the Emergency Department at the Central Vermont Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. The victim has been identified as Hunter Wiltse (4) of Barre, VT.
At some point, individuals at the party noticed that that Hunter was missing. After attendees conducted a search of both the residence and exterior grounds, a 16-year-old at the party donned a pair of swim goggles and jumped into the pool to look for the little boy. He found him at the bottom of the deep end of the pool and he immediately brought him to the surface, where he began CPR. The visibility of the water was limited, and the bottom of the pool was not visible from the surface.
While the medics were working on the patient, the scene became somewhat chaotic with 15-20 attendees (both adults and juveniles) getting extremely upset. Additional officers from Berlin PD and the Vermont State Police, including a VSP detective responded to assist MPD.
The property owners, Deane and Raylene Hedges, were not present when the incident occurred. That evening investigators contacted the owners requesting consent to examine and document the scene. The owners denied police consent to process the scene of the tragedy. On Saturday, July 20, 2019, MPD obtained and executed a search warrant in order to examine and document the pool and the immediate area of the scene.
The Vermont Department of Children and Families is assisting MPD with this case. No other information is available at this time as it is an active investigation.