MIDDLETOWN -- Family and friends are mourning the loss of a 4-year-old boy who died from injuries he suffered in an ATV crash on his family's property in the 6700 block of Burkittsville Road.
Fordham Lee Poffenbarger will be remembered during a funeral service Thursday at the Zion Lutheran Church in Middletown. He will be buried in the Christ Reformed United Church of Christ cemetery in Middletown.
His death has been ruled accidental after an autopsy was performed Monday morning at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, Cpl. Jennifer Bailey said. Frederick County Bureau of Investigations Detective Marty Rowe, who investigated the crash, attended the autopsy.
The family was spending Saturday together outside when Fordham wandered off around 7 p.m., Bailey said. He was only gone for a few minutes.
William and Amy Poffenbarger, Fordham's parents, have 10.43 acres on Burkittsville Road, according to the state's Department of Assessment and Taxation website. The property is near Middle and Catoctin creeks.
His parents searched and found him pinned underwater by an overturned Polaris 50cc ATV in a creek, Bailey said. They pulled him from the water and gave him CPR until first responders arrived.
Fordham, who was wearing a helmet, had been on the ATV before Saturday, Bailey said.
He was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital but was later transferred to the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, where he died Sunday.
The medical examiner ruled the manner of death as drowning.
A man who answered the phone Monday afternoon said Fordham's death was a private family matter and the family did not wish to speak.