Boy, 7, drowns in Lake Catatoga

Boy, 7, drowns in Lake Catatoga

PLAINVIEW (Aug. 9, 2018) – A 7-year-old boy from Decatur died Friday evening, Aug. 3, after being pulled from Lake Catatoga near Plainview that morning.

According to Macoupin County Sheriff Shawn Kahl, his deputies, as well as Dunn’s Ambulance Service and Gillespie-Benld Area Ambulance Service responded to the 1200 block of Apache Lane, Plainview, at approximately 7:31 a.m. Friday morning regarding a possible drowning.

When the deputies arrived, family members were performing CPR on the child, who was found unresponsive in Lake Catatoga. The deputies took over performing CPR until they were relieved by the paramedics, who transported the child to Carlinville Area Hospital. After over an hour of CPR, medical staff were able to regain a pulse. Survival Flight Air Medical responded to the hospital and airlifted the child to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, where he was pronounced deceased at 5:30 p.m.

Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards identified the child as Ethan Kitchens and announced that, following an autopsy performed on Saturday, the preliminary cause of death was determined to be drowning. “There were not any injuries and foul play is not suspected,” she said.

Kahl said his office, the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Division, DCFS and Edwards’ office are conducting an investigation.

“The Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office gives our deepest condolences to the family of the child,” said Kahl.

Kitchens is the son of Tyler and Rebecca Kitchens of Decatur and the grandson of John Henry of Plainview and Troy and Tammy Kitchens of Rock Island, Tenn. He was about to enter second grade at Harris Elementary School in Decatur.

Funeral services for Kitchens are set for Thursday, Aug. 9, in Decatur; see his obituary in this issue for more information. A GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up to help the family with final expenses; to donate, visit As of press time, the fundraiser had collected $3,625 of the $8,000 goal.