Parker Berry, 3, of Hyde Park, has died at UVM Medical Center.

The toddler was found in Thatcher Brook Thursday afternoon after he wandered away from Elephant in the Field, a day care center at 538 Guptil Road in Waterbury.

The child’s heart had stopped and required hours of CPR, said Scott Waterman, a state police spokesman. The child was rushed first to Central Vermont Medical Center, then was taken to UVM Medical Center in Burlington, where the boy died Friday night, according to a Vermont State Police press release.

Police are waiting on the results of an autopsy and are investigating how the child became separated from the day care center’s staff. 

Police said the staff members realized the boy was missing when a family member arrived to pick him up. Emergency crews found him in the brook.

Staff members at Elephant in the Field told the Record Friday afternoon that they were not talking to news reporters at this time.

A campaign has been launched online to raise money to help Parker’s parents. The campaign raised more than $13,000 since Friday. The original goal was $5,000. It is now $20,000.

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