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Florida Man Drowned 18-Month-Old Son In A Lake Before Killing Himself The Same Way, Police Say

Miguel Leonardo Hernandez was reportedly not getting along with the child’s mother at the time of the murder-suicide.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt
Florida Man Drowned Toddler Son, Himself In Lake

A Florida father drowned his toddler son in a lake before returning to kill himself in the same manner amid ongoing animosity with the child’s mother, authorities said.

The bodies of Miguel Leonardo Hernandez, 28, and his 19-month-old son Kevin Leonardo-Cisnero were recovered from Lake George in Orlando last Thursday evening, the Orlando Police Department confirmed to Oxygen.com. Investigators believe that Hernandez had been in the midst of a domestic dispute with his son’s mother when he first drowned his child in the lake before returning to the area some time later, at which point he also drowned.

The authorities have classified the incident as a murder-suicide, and are not searching for any other suspects in the case.

“There were a lot of arguments between the couple,” Heidi Rodriguez, spokesperson for the OPD, told the New York Post.

Surveillance cameras captured Hernandez before he drowned his son, according to the outlet. The specific amount of time that passed between Hernandez drowning his son and Hernandez drowning himself is unclear, but police said that the father returned to the lake “not long after” he killed his son.

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Authorities were called to the area at around 7:45 p.m. in response to a report of a suspicious incident, according to a police report obtained by Oxygen.com. The Orlando Fire Department also responded to the area to render aid, and two bodies were removed from the lake and subsequently pronounced dead at the scene. Officers then handed over the case to the OPD’s homicide unit, police said.