Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 11.51.23 AMA 4-year-old boy who was found dead in a man-made pond on his uncle’s property in St. Albans on Sunday accidentally drowned, according to a news release from the Maine Warden Service on Monday afternoon.

Maxwell Brawn was found in about seven feet of water in the pond at the farm on Ballard Road shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday, Cpl. John MacDonald of the warden service said in the Monday afternoon release.

“This is a tragic accident, a worst case scenario for a parent,” MacDonald said in the release.

No charges are expected in the case, he said.

“The manner and cause of death was ruled as an accidental drowning by the medical examiner’s office,” MacDonald said. “The investigation and interviews conducted by Maine Game Wardens, Somerset County Deputies, and Maine State Police detectives has supported the findings that this is a tragic accident.”

Maxwell was reported missing around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The initial call went to the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, and the department requested assistance from the Maine Warden Service.


The pond is 15 feet deep at its deepest, Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster said Monday. It’s about 100 yards from the boy’s home on Ballard Road, on property owned by the boy’s uncle.

“A ground search was initiated in the immediate area of the boy’s residence,” MacDonald said in an earlier release. He said Maine State Police used a dog tracking team, while other searches looked in woods surrounding the house.

MacDonald said that “clues led to a farm pond next door on property owned by the boy’s uncle.”

He said the warden service dive team found the body at 6:50 p.m.

The family has asked that the media don’t contact them and that if they decide to speak, they will do so through a family spokesman, he said.

The Warden Service was assisted by the Maine State Police, Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, Dexter Fire, St. Albans Fire, Hartland Fire and Sebasticook Valley Ambulance.

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