Toddler in serious condition after being pulled from pond

The Greenwood toddler who was unresponsive when he was pulled from a retention pond was in serious condition this weekend, Greenwood police said.

The 2-year-old, who was staying with his father at Bexley Village Apartments, had learned how to unlock the apartment door and wandered away while his father slept Friday, police said.

Police said on Saturday that he was in serious condition. His name has not been released.

Recently, the father had taken precautions after realizing his son could turn the lock on the door, according to a news release from the Greenwood Police Department.

The father was asleep when the son got out of the apartment, said Greenwood Assistant Chief Matt Fillenwarth. The boy’s father had installed a second lock on the door, since his son could open the door, the news release said. But another relative who also is staying in the apartment forgot to lock the new lock on Friday, police said.

Both adults were asleep when the boy found a way out of the apartment, the news release said.

Investigators think the boy fell into the retention pond due to the steep embankment around the water, police said.

The pond is just yards away from the apartment.

Maintenance worker Jerry Helms noticed what looked like a person in the retention pond about 2:30 p.m. Friday and called 911. He was pulling the boy from the pond when emergency crews arrived, police said.

The toddler was taken to Franciscan St. Francis Health hospital, then moved to Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

Police and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources continue to investigate.