The child’s body was found in the Westfield River under the Main Street Bridge early Wednesday evening.
State Police in Russell confirmed with 22News that a child had apparently drowned in the river a little before 7 p.m. Wednesday.
State Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Sullivan told 22News officers received a call about a missing child around 3:45 p.m.
He said a child was later found in the water near the water treatment plant close to the Main Street Bridge. Emergency responders performed CPR but were unable to revive the child, Sgt. Sullivan said.
Neighbor’s who live in the area were shocked to hear the news. One man told 22News he sees people swimming in the river all the time.
“There’s a whole lot of current the water is too strong for any little kids to be swimming near that, whether they fall off, get sucked in, get too close it’s just not safe for little kids over there,” said Dyllan Farneth of Russell.
The spot where the child was found is less than a half mile from the fire station.
At this time, there is no word on the identity of the victim.
Sgt. Sullivan referred all inquiries to the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office.
This is developing breaking news. 22News will bring you updates as more details become available.