SEMINOLE — A 7-year-old boy with autism died Saturday night in what appears to be an accidental drowning, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.
Investigators said Artemio Shkulaku was with his mother, father and grandmother at their home in Seminole when the boy wandered away through a side door. The boy went undetected for several minutes while his father worked on the opposite side of the home, said sheriff's officials.
Detectives said the boy's grandmother alerted the parents that Artemio was missing. Parents and neighbors went looking for the boy and approximately 30 minutes later notified deputies, who joined the search.
Deputies said there was an apparent language barrier that contributed to the delay of the Sheriff's Office being notified.
Neighbors told the deputies they found Artemio lying facedown in a pool at a home directly across the street from the boy's home. Neighbors pulled the boy from the water and performed CPR until deputies and later Seminole Fire Rescue responders continued rescue efforts.
The boy was taken to Largo Medical Center and later pronounced dead.
Detectives investigating the drowning said it appears to be accidental.