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WILKES-BARRE -- A young boy has died after emergency crews were called to pull him from a creek in Wilkes-Barre.

The Luzerne County coroner tells Newswatch 16 that the 7-year-old boy was playing with his siblings when he slipped and fell into Mill Creek.

Officers with the Wilkes-Barre Police Department said rescuers took the boy out of the water shortly before 2 p.m. Police then gave the boy CPR until an ambulance arrived to take him to the hospital.

Neighbors said they often saw the young boy running around the neighborhood.

"Earlier this morning around 10 o'clock he was running up and down the dike. That's about it. I always come up and take my son to work and then here comes the ambulance flying down the road and cops," neighbor Ron Urban said.

The coroner identified the boy as Benjamin Paisley, 7, of Wilkes-Barre. His death is being looked at as an accidental drowning.


  • Francis Evanko

    The creek was way deeper than normal, and the current was strong. And with him being a small kid, even with mom there,… blink of and eye, your life is altered forever. Glass houses….

  • Marie

    I was in the ER when the family came in to get the news. The mother even said she was trying to grab him and he just slipped in. She was bawling her eyes out to her family. If she wasn’t a good enough mother then how come she was right there??
    This family has gone thru enough hell!! Stop playing the blame game not only on the mother but each other. There is too much of that goes on now on this earth. Let’s just pray this family can get some peace and unfortunately to a terrible accident is now an Angel. They need closure right now! Not everyone’s bickering!!

  • Kita

    And I repeat…The mother was right there! She’s always with that child I know her! She’s always with all of her children, all she does watch her children all day so quit trying to blame her it was an accident!!!

  • Stop Judging

    You people make me sick. A child died and all you can do is blame the parents, as if they aren’t going through enough. And just to be clear, this child was my neighbor. For all you people running your mouth like you know what happened, the father was at work. The mother was right there as was the older brother. The 7 year old went down the steps to the creek, to fill a water gun. He slipped and fell in. The current was so strong it drug him. His frantic mother was on the phone with 911 as they arrived. She could not get to him as the current was taking him. He was drug from the steps to the water all the way down to the bridge by Philly Subs. You people are f*cking disgusting and should be ashamed of yourselves.

  • Archie Beal

    I don’t know what the heck your looking at but that creek is not a flash flood swollen creek. They didn’t get all that much rain in that area. Try again jackass. This was nothing more than an accident…accept it

    • Mad Dog

      You’re both insensitive idiots. This was a tragedy and a little boy is dead. Stop making it about yourselves and your pissing match about who’s right and wrong. Grow up, trolls.

  • Archie Beal

    Why blame the parents it is not their fault. What you were never a kid and played down by the creek. You people love to cast blame and can’t believe accidents occur.

    • Archie is a furry baby

      Unfortunately for us Archie, your parents never let you play next to a flashflood swollen creek at age 7. Your Dad probably gave you a loaded gun to play with but we all know how much you hate guns so unfortunately that didn’t play in our favor either.

    • Kita

      The mother was right there! She’s always with that child I know her! She’s always with all of her children, all she does watch her children all day so quit trying to blame her it was an accident!!!

    • Tabitha

      Wow your an ass. The father was at work when this happended. The mother was right with him. This is my cousin’s little boy and he isn’t taking this well at all. When I was a kid we played in creeks. Even when it was up high. Accidents happen. I can’t believe people now a days. You more than likely don’t have kids your self? If you do I hope you dont get ignorant people saying nasty stuff to you. A blink of an eye and anything is possible even if you right next to them.

      • Frieda Polinsky

        A child, your child IS ALWAYS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. Not your neighbors,or at last chance, the police. This little boy seemed as if he had no one to guide him. God have mercy on these parents….where ever they were

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