Two-year-old Zaymon Locklear drowned in a small ditch outside a home on Cabinet Shop Road in the Rowland community just after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Robeson County Sheriff's Office.
The police report says his aunt was taking care of him when he walked away from the home.
He was missing between three to five minutes, according to deputies.
Relatives found Locklear in the ditch and administered CPR, officers said.
The boy was unresponsive, deputies said, and was taken by EMS to Scotland Memorial Hospital in Laurinburg where he died.
The Robeson County Sheriff's Office is investigating his death.