Dallas County Toddler Found in Water-Filled Ditch has Died

EARLHAM, Iowa – A two-year-old found face down in a ditch filled with water in Dallas County has died.

Emergency crews responded to a home along Houston Trail, north of Earlham, late Wednesday morning after receiving a report of a missing child.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, the toddler disappeared as she played in her yard while a daycare provider was working nearby. The toddler was found 30 minutes later in a ditch about 100-yards from the home.

A trooper performed CPR on the girl when they arrived on the scene.

The girl was transported to a Des Moines hospital via helicopter, where she was pronounced dead. She has been identified as Deja Ramynke.

An autopsy is due to be performed to determine the cause of death.