URBANA. Ohio (WDTN) – The one-year-old infant who died after falling into Mad River in Urbana and drowning Tuesday afternoon has been identified.
Around 2:15 pm, a female canoer called 911 from Mad River and told dispatchers her infant child, identified as one-year-old Mia Ye, had just fallen into the water.
She said that she, along with other members of her party, were floating down Mad River when they came across several fallen trees and debris south of OH-55 and the infant fell from the mother’s lap, disappearing under the rushing water.
Deputies from the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office and members of the German Township, JSP Fire Department, and Enon-Mad River Fire/EMS responded to the scene.
After the boaters were found among an area with fallen trees and debris roughly a half mile south of OH-55, two of them were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
Around 5:05 pm, Ye was found among a debris-filled area of the river.
Ye was immediately removed from the water and law enforcement began CPR before transferring the girl to the river rescue crew, who continued CPR and took the child to a waiting ambulance. She was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital in Urbana.
Wednesday, fresh flowers were laid out at the edge of the water where rescue crews set off in the hopes of saving the child’s life.
One Clark County resident says he has gotten into trouble in that area before.
“We’re out on the river a lot. We call this the ‘S-curves’ because it’s the shape of an ‘S’ and it gets hairy,” said Gregory Schutte. “I’ve been doing it about 25 years. I won’t go through it.”
While the Sheriff’s Office continues their investigation into the tragedy, Schutte says folks need to do their research before leaving the shore.
He says it’s important to respect the waters.
“They’re in most people around here’s thoughts and prayers. No matter what happened.” he said.