Cambridge toddler’s drowning at resort deemed accidental, no charges filed

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CAMBRIDGE — Vermont State Police have concluded their investigation into the tragic drowning of 3-year-old Tate Holtzman at Smugglers’ Notch Resort, determining the incident was accidental and that no criminal charges will be filed.

On the afternoon of July 6, while under the care of a licensed daycare program at the resort, Tate was walking with adult supervision near an outdoor splash pad when he inadvertently stepped on an unsecured cistern cover, which collapsed, causing him to fall into the water below.

Lifeguards from the resort’s pools responded swiftly, performing multiple rescue dives in a valiant effort to save the young boy.

Despite their courageous attempts, Tate could not be saved.

The Lamoille County State’s Attorney’s Office, after reviewing the Vermont State Police investigation, decided against pursuing criminal charges related to the incident.

In addition to police inquiries, Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Department for Children and Families are conducting ongoing separate investigations regarding workplace safety and daycare provider regulations.

Tate’s parents, Jennifer and Zachary Holtzman, residents of the Cambridge area and deeply integrated into the local community, have expressed their profound grief over the loss of their son.

In a heartfelt statement, they described Tate as a compassionate and adventurous spirit who shared their love for outdoor activities and the Smugglers’ Notch community.

The Holtzmans acknowledged the overwhelming support they’ve received and announced their commitment to advocating for water safety to prevent future such tragedies.

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