Boy, 4, drowns in Lake Hiawatha in Blackstone, officials say

A 4-year-old boy apparently drowned in Lake Hiawatha in Blackstone on Sunday, officials said.

William Cohen, of Bellingham, was visiting friends with his parents on St. Germain Avenue when he went missing, said Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. in a statement.


A search of the surrounding neighborhood and water began, and about 20 minutes later, the boy was found in the lake, Early said. He was pulled from the water and was administered CPR. Police and medical responders arrived shortly after he was found. Cohen was taken to Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, R.I. where he was pronounced dead, the statement said.

Early said a preliminary investigation revealed no signs of foul play, but State Police detectives and Blackstone police are investigating. The cause of death will be determined by the Rhode Island medical examiner’s office, Early said.

Kiera Blessing can be reached at
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