More Details Surface around Toddler's Drowning on Lake Norfork

JUNE 29, 2006 - Posted at 8:05 a.m. CST

HENDERSON, AR - Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says a 21-month-old boy has drowned in Norfork Lake.  The sheriff says Ryland Haze Davis of Gassville was found in the water a short distance from the shore yesterday morning, between two private boat docks near the community of Henderson.

Montgomery said emergency responders tried to revive the toddler, but the Baxter County coroner pronounced Ryland dead at the scene.  The sheriff said the body was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Little Rock for an autopsy.

According to Montgomery, Ryland and his mother, 17-year-old Natasha M. Davis went to the lake Tuesday evening to camp, along with 21-year-old Robert Niemeyer of Henderson.  The sheriff said that, early yesterday morning, Niemeyer left the campsite and went home, leaving the mother and child at the site.

Montgomery said Davis told deputies she woke up about 5:30 a.m. to find both her child and Niemeyer were gone.  Davis said she searched for the two in the area and eventually called Niemeyer about 6 a.m., and he returned to the campsite to help search for Ryland.

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