Jehovah Pembele wandered off while playing with other children outside his home in Northampton. He was found 100 yards away in the Grand Union Canal. Desperate attempts to revive him failed and he died in hospital the next day.
His father Fernando had left Jehovah, who was also known by the nickname Giovani, playing happily with friends while he watched the ladies Olympic football match between Great Britain and Cameroon.
A neighbour, who didn’t wish to be named, revealed: ‘Fernando wanted a drink from his home, so he came out of his neighbour’s and went back into his own home. At that point, Giovani was playing happily in the street on his bike.’
Five minutes later, the father returned and discovered he was missing. The neighbour added: ‘The bicycle was on the pavement, but there was no sign of Giovani.
‘He asked his neighbour if the boy had gone into the house and they looked everywhere inside, upstairs and downstairs.’
Neighbours then joined in the search and the police were called at 6pm. A search of the canal was conducted and police found the toddler, still dressed in his summer top and shorts, 30 minutes later.
Officers administered CPR at the scene before paramedics arrived. The child was taken to Northampton General Hospital and later transferred to Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.
Effort to revive him continued throughout the evening and into the early hours, but he was pronounced dead at 3.25am.
Giovani was the youngest of four children. He had two older sisters aged around 4 and 10, as well as an older brother, though to be aged around 6.
The family’s home is close to the Grand Union Canal and it is thought that little Giovani wandered to the bank between two blocks of flats, where he then toppled into the water.
A force spokeswoman said they are not treating the death as suspicious. Daily mail