The investigation was launched because Shaud Howell had been placed in a group home and was under the temporary custody of the county at the time of his death, spokeswoman Mary Louise Madigan said Friday.
Shaud, 13, was swimming with two other boys from the group home at about 9 p.m. on July 6 when one of the other boys returned to the beach and realized he couldn’t see Shaud anymore, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Brian McCrun.
Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court placed Shaud in the care of the group home as the result of a civil action and in the temporary custody of the Department of Children and Family Services, according to Madigan and court records.
The records indicate that the placement was spurred by a June 2017 complaint from Summit County Juvenile Court.
Shaud’s death will be treated the same as any death that occurs while a child is under the care of a group home, and is in custody of Children and Family Services — temporary or otherwise, Madigan said.