Investigators release identity of toddler who drowned in Left Hand Fork Canyon

LOGAN — The Cache County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of the two-year-old boy who drowned in a river Sunday morning, while his family was camping.

Lt. Mike Peterson said investigators have determined that Titan Chavez of Brigham City died accidentally, after falling into the fast moving stream in the Left Hand Fork area of Blacksmith Fork Canyon.

“This wasn’t anything neglectful on the parent’s part,” explained Peterson. “This was simply just a child that was curious with the water and they are.

“You know young kids they like to see the water, they like to be around the water and they like to throw things in the water. It’s natural that young kids are drawn towards that. So it only takes a second. This was a huge reminder of how something can change in just a matter of a few seconds.”

Investigators believe Chavez walked away from the campsite after being left unattended for only a very short amount of time. He made his way to the river where it appears he fell in and was swept away by the rapid current. His body was located just less than a half-mile downstream.

The case has been ruled an accidental death and no criminal charges are being pursued.

Peterson expressed heartfelt sympathy to the Chavez family as they suffer and grieve the loss of their son.

“We would just hope that we take this tragic circumstance and are all reminded of how quick these things can happen. We should take a look at ourselves, our own habits and our own ways of doing things as we recreate in the canyons, and around the waterways.”

Forecasts predict high water levels continuing during the next months. Warmer temperatures and record snowpack levels in the mountains have water ways running at or near full capacity.

Peterson said there are several factors that make rivers and streams dangerous to be around this time of year.

“Not only do we have a lot of water coming down but it is also quite murky. You can’t even really tell how deep it is in most places.”

The National Weather Service reports both the Logan and Blacksmith Fork rivers are currently flowing below flood stage. A chance of showers though are expected through the rest of the week.

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