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Child Dies in Sand at Broward Beach


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The BSO Public Information Office is currently working a developing incident regarding a death investigation located at: near 4424 El Mar Drive in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.

Public Information Officer Claudinne Caro is currently gathering the details. Here’s what we know so far:



According to investigators, Sloan Mattingly was 7-years-old, not 5-years-old as previously stated. Please update your reports. Thank you.


At approximately 3:16 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Broward County Regional Communications received a call reporting two children trapped in the sand near 4424 El Mar Drive in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue and Pompano Beach Fire Rescue responded immediately. On scene, emergency personnel located two siblings, 9-year-old Maddox Mattingly and his 5-year-old sister, Sloan Mattingly. Paramedics transported the girl to Broward Health Medical Center. Later that day, Sloan Mattingly was pronounced deceased. Broward Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit detectives responded to investigate.

The preliminary investigation revealed the children, and their parents were on vacation from Indiana. Investigators say the children were digging a hole in the sand when they were trapped. The circumstances into this incident remain under investigation.


This information should be considered preliminary, and as with any developing situation, the details may change