Police officer rescues toddler from Erie Canal

WATERLOO, N.Y. (AP) — A police officer is being credited with rescuing a 3-year-old boy from the Erie Canal in central New York.

Police in the Seneca County village of Waterloo tell local media that they were called to a home Wednesday afternoon by a neighbor who noticed the 3-year-old and his 4-year-old brother unattended in her backyard.

When officers arrived, the boys’ father had caught up with his 4-year-old son but the younger boy was nowhere to be seen.

Officer Matthew Scaglione found the 3-year-old floating in the nearby canal. Scaglione jumped in and rescued the child, who was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He remains hospitalized Thursday but police say he’s recovering.

Police say the boys had climbed out a window.

The boys’ parents were charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

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