Police Jail Mother Of Drowning Victim

By  //  October 8, 2012

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BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Investigators continue to probe the death of a 4-yard-old boy Friday who drowned in the Banana River near Ski Island west of the Canaveral L0cks.

Major Vic DeSantis of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said the boy’s mother, Alisha Rudd of 465 Banana River Drive on Merritt Island, 21, was taken into custody Sunday by Sheriff’s Agents.

Rudd was wanted on two outstanding warrants from Okeechobee County for violation of probation in reference to burglary.

Her son, Cameron Willis, was pronounced dead Friday afternoon at Cape Canaveral Hospital.

Port Canaveral Police Department Chief Joe Hellebrand said that about 2 p.m. Friday, police received a call about a possible drowning involving a small child.

The incident occurred in the area of Ski Island in the Banana River.

Hellebrand said that a Port Canaveral Police Department Marine Officer, along with a Fire Fighter/EMT from Cape Canaveral Fire Rescue responded to the scene through the Canaveral Locks.

Once through the locks, the emergency responders were flagged down by a boater who had brought the child onboard his vessel.

Life-saving measures were initiated and the child was brought to shore where additional advanced life support efforts were used.

He was transported to Cape Canaveral Hospital by Brevard County Fire Rescue and pronounced dead at 3:06 pm.

Hellebrand said anyone with information about the incident is asked to call CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477) or the Port Canaveral Police Department at 321-394-3281.