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Inquest rules tragic drowning of 4-year-old boy 'accidental'

Harley Barnes with his mum, dad and their two dogs Lenny and Trev. Credit: Wiltshire Police

An inquest has ruled the death of a 4 year-old boy who drowned in a pond in Gastard was accidental.

The coroner assessed that Harley Barnes either climbed over a gate or opened it to get to the pond at his grandparents' stables in Wiltshire. It's thought he was trying to help feed the horses.

The toddler disappeared on the morning of July 28 this year before he was found unconscious. He was taken to the Royal United Hospital in Bath but he could not be resuscitated.