Woman tried to save son from icy Indiana pond

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JASPER, Ind. (AP) – Authorities say a mother tried to save her 12-year-old son who died after falling through the ice on a pond in southern Indiana.

State conservation officer Joe Haywood says the woman was cooking dinner Thursday when her son and a 12-year-old girl she was watching asked if they could go outside to play. Haywood says when dinner was ready about 10 minutes later the woman went outside to call the children and saw her son flailing in the icy water.

Haywood said Friday that the woman entered the pond but couldn’t pull her son to shore.

A public safety diver retrieved both children, but they couldn’t be revived.

Haywood called the deaths “absolutely heartbreaking for everyone involved.”

The children’s autopsies are scheduled for Saturday.