By Mike Schuh

BUCKEYSTOWN, Md. (WJZ) — There was tragedy at a religious service near Frederick.  As Mike Schuh reports, an ice-covered pond proved too tempting for a 6- and 7-year-old. 

Ten miles from Frederick is a Vietnamese Buddhist temple.  This Sunday, their gathering ended in tragedy.

A neighbor heard the commotion.

“And we see a couple of police, fire and ambulance go by here,” said David Layer.

They drove directly to an old quarry pond.  According to police, a 6- and 7-year-old were trying to walk on the ice on the lake.  They both fell in but the 7-year-old was able to get out and go for help. 

Firefighters say the boys were only a few feet from the shore when the ice gave way.  A relative pulled the 6-year-old out and someone in the group of 50 started CPR. 

Chief Ed Adams took over CPR when his fire company arrived.

“They indicated to me that he was out of the water for about 10 minutes and I guess for a couple of minutes they had been performing CPR before I arrived,” Adams said.

The boy had been under the surface of the ice-cold water for about 10 minutes.

“And being that it was cold water, that buys us a little extra time,” Adams said.

The boy had a weak pulse and was taken to a hospital in Frederick and later to one in D.C.  He died early Monday.

Police say before the accident, the adults were worshipping while the kids were in a playground nearby.  But around 6, the two walked over to the lake.  After a week of warm weather, the ice had thinned considerably.

The  trees surrounding the old quarry were well-marked with signs Tuesday.  No one from the temple wanted to speak  about the incident and asked WJZ to leave.

A police detective is investigating but charges are unlikely.

Police are withholding the victim’s identity until his extended family can be notified.

Comments (33)
  1. Jennifer Warwick says:

    Why would the parents even allow the kids to be out on that alone. Then again they shouldn’t even have been allow to be on that at all. What is wrong with parents now a days.

    I feel sorry for the childs parents but common sense would tell you one not allow your kids out alone and 2 to teach them not to play on that kind of thing ever.

    1. Korrelle Trollmann says:

      Thats disrespectful to say especially in their time of grief. Im reading and it does not give an explanation as to exactly how this happened, There is no fault stated here.

      1. HARLEY says:

        the fault is where were the parents, they never should have taken their eyes off these children .

    2. Leigh Ann Erdman says:

      I am sure you are outside with you kids 100% of the time while they play. Get off your righteous soapbox. This is a tragic accident involving two children who were playing in the vicinity of their parents. NOTE it says they were on a playground nearby. You are out of line. Do not think for a minute that you should judge another parent. When your parenting style is perfect, then you can worry about someone else’s parenting style. These people experienced a parent’s worse nightmare and all you can do is judge them. You are not judge or jury.

      1. Leigh Ann Erdman says:

        My sincerest condolences and prayers for the families, the rescuers and everyone who was present. How do you express your deepest sorrow for such a tragic loss except to say I am so sorry for your loss.

      2. bud says:

        Aren’t you judging someone for judging someone?

      3. Atim Ant says:

        Why yes, yes she is.

  2. Wendy says:

    Let’s not be too quick to condemn the parents – the children could easily access that area and be on the ice before parents were aware they were not in the yard or wherever they were supposed to be… and though we “teach” our children about safety on ice, they don’t always “learn” the lesson as we would like…
    Prayers for the family and friends of this little boy

    1. Bullfrog says:

      Wendy, I learned years ago (when a child of mine died) that the saddest two words in the english language are (IF ONLY! If only I had checked on him/her. Parents are not GOD, we are care givers to God’s little ones, and when GOD calls them home to him no one can control. To the parents and family of your precious child, may your guardian angel and GOD guide you through this trying time and help you .

      1. still white still care says:

        Dear bullfrog,Words cant not say how much your words touched me.
        May your GOD bless you and yours.

  3. Ken says:

    Please. A child dies and you are so critical. I understand. You couldn’t really mean to write such comments knowing that children of that age are more prone to not using good judgement than adults. Please! Be more sensitive and think before you put the blame on the parents. You are colder than ice. The parents have lost a child and they don’t need you or anyone else to remind them of what they should not have done. Losing a child is devastating. I know 1st hand.

  4. JOE the sheriff says:

    Horrible,…..Everybody was blogging recently about saving a deer from a pond, a dog from being burned. Seventy blogs about an animal & here we have three concerning a child , a human life. PETA & the other numbskulls must think four legs are more important than two. What POS.

    1. Robin says:

      Looks like “willie” has renamed himself Joe. Once again, inappropriate comments from the orignal POS.

      1. pigeon says:

        I see you have him pegged too. They say idol time is the work of the devil – now I understand.

      2. americanprick says:

        Robin, Pigeon, SMD!…You sad excuses for humans.

  5. Adam says:

    He was so beautiful that god wanted him for his own.

  6. WestNorthAve says:

    Joe you got a point you always see more outrage abt animals dieing than WHEN ACTUAL HUMAN LIFE IS LOST. It really shows how dehumanized our society has become.

  7. SMH says:

    Anything can happen to anyone at anytime, child or adult. Accidents happen and no one is to blame in this situation. Children are just as curious as adults. It is a sad situation and my heart and prayers go out to the family for their loss.I know people who have lost their children. Those parents will live every day of their life wondering if they did something wrong and going through all the “what ifs”. We do not need to blog about their parenting skills.

  8. hvillage says:

    To the parents, family & friends of this little boy, I am so sorry.

    To those who are asking about blogs… the reason people blog about these other tragedies is because they are outraged at the violence that some inflict on others beings. People aren’t blogging about this because this was an accident. What would you blog about? What the parents could have done to prevent this? That seems more insensitive. Best to offer your condolences, your help with anything they may need, your prayers, your support. Feel blessed and lucky it wasn’t a child you love.

  9. pigeon says:

    Prayers for the family and friends of both little boys. I can’t imagine the pain in their hearts that the parents are feeling! God be with you and give you comfort. There is now a new angel in heaven; he was needed up THERE more than down here. One can only imagine the reason he was called home.

  10. Jennifer Warwick says:

    I should never have said what I did. And I want to appologize and give my prayers to the family of the little boy that died.

    1. Janice, Maryland says:

      Good for you Jennifer Warwick. We all say things in the spur of the minute and then we rethink. Not many stand up and say I might be wrong. Again, kudos to you and prayers of support for these families who are suffering.

    2. Katie says:

      We all say things we don’t really mean sometimes. We don’t all apologize for it. Good for you for doing the right thing.

    3. pigeon says:

      You are a lady. More people could use your recipe for humble pie.

  11. Kathy Quade says:

    My three year old son drowned in a swimming pool with a yard full of family within feet of the accident my back was turned for a minuet you should be sorry for what you said. You will NEVER understand what the parents are feeling rigt now!!!!

    1. Katie says:

      I agree with you 100% Kathy and am sorry to hear of your loss. This is a tragic accident and nobody should blame the parents. I consider myself a cautious parent, but I know there have been many moments where I was distracted for even a second that my focus was not on what my child was doing. Its impossible to keep a child in a bubble and impossible to watch them 24/7. I am grateful that I have not lost a child and can’t even begin to imagine what you or these parents are going through. Its sad that people are quick to condemn a parent who is going through a nightmare. You have to wonder if that person even has children because if he did, he would know its impossible to have your eyes on them every waking moment.

  12. Sarah Bishop says:


    so sad

    I wish someone could have helped him

  13. Katie says:

    The parents of this child will always regret not watching the child at that moment and clearly it was a mistake, but you can’t blame them and hopefully they will learn not to blame themselves. Accidents happen. Nobody is perfect or capable of having their eyes on a child 24/7 and when you are in a “safe” place sometimes it is easy to forget that dangers still lurk.

    Lets not blame the parents and instead pray for them, that they may find peace, and use this as a reminder of how fragile life is and that you can never be too careful. The pain they are feeling is bad enough without throwing blame in their direction. I wish their family the best and hope they can find away to cope with this sad accident.

  14. Lee Neighoff says:

    so this happened about 6, when it’s dark, during the winter? kids were at play ground while parents were where? condemn the parents, oh I think so. Our children are our future, not something to leave for harm, especially 6 & 7 yr old most kids don’t develop a conscience till about 10. some one somewhere should be responsible! My child NEVER left an area more than 30 feet of eyesight from me till he was conscience enough to do so.

  15. Lee Neighoff says:

    when there is a danger such as that pond you Always keep and eye on that spot as well as the kids, at least post some one there

  16. americanprick says:

    Who on here really gives a F…….K? It only serves a self serving reason to make the sender feel better about themselves & socially “fit in”……All horse..s…t & about the only thing they’re thankful for it that it wasn’t one of their kids….Be truthful, better yet stop trolling & shut your pie holes.

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