Authorities confirm Clay County toddler drowned in family pool

CLAY COUNTY, Ill. — Authorities in Clay County are reporting on a tragedy that struck a family Saturday night that claimed the life of a 19-month-old boy.

According to reports, Berklee Ryan James Pickens managed to get out of his family’s Flora home Saturday night, climb the ladder to an above-ground pool and fall in.

His mother Shaina was reportedly injured after realizing what had happened to her son and was attempting to get to the child. It’s unclear how she sustained her injuries or their extent.

Berklee was pronounced dead at 7:39 p.m. Saturday. Friends of the family have set up a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for funeral expenses.