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updated: 8/5/2013 11:54 AM

Naperville boy's death ruled a drowning

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  • Amer Kahn

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An autopsy Sunday confirmed that the death of a 6-year-old boy found face down in a pond near his home Saturday was caused by drowning.

DuPage County Coroner officials confirmed that Amer Kahn's death was consistent with drowning.

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Kahn was found floating in a pond by the Glenmuir Luxury Rental Homes complex near 95th Street and Cedar Glade Drive at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. He was transported to Edward Hospital and was pronounced dead at 12:28 p.m.

Amer was the baby of three boys, said his father Asghar Mohammed, who said Amer was a quiet, happy child who loved to play.

"He liked to play in water," Mohammed told ABC 7. "He was a happy little boy. He just wanted to run around."

Mohammed said his son was a very special child.

"He did not learn how to talk yet," he said. "He was just gorgeous. He was my son."

The pond, which does not have a fence around it, is a T-shaped, permanently wet retention pond with an aerator sprinkler fountain. It ranges from 2 to 10 feet deep and is about 500 feet long and 75 feet wide, said Mark Thurow, EMS chief for the Naperville Fire Department.

Fences aren't required for retention ponds in Naperville, Thurow said. There haven't been any other children who have drowned in Naperville retention ponds in recent years, he said.

• ABC 7 and Daily Herald reporters Sara Hooker and Melissa Silverberg contributed to this report.

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