2-year-old girl drowns in swimming pool
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A family get-together ended in tragedy Sunday when a toddler drowned in a swimming pool while other adults were in the water with her, police said.
Family and friends showed up all day Monday to grieve with the family who suffered this loss. Vanessa Collazo, a neighbor said, "I would see him everyday, riding bike with his little girls and his son. It's sad, and anything that the need, we're here."
The family's next-door neighbor said he heard the family's screams. "I was working on my dad's truck, and I heard screams of horror, and it drove me over the edge because that's something that you will never forget," said 17-year-old JC Mena.
According to investigators, the 2-year-old victim was inside the pool at her home, located on the 7200 block of Southwest 86th Avenue in Southwest Miami-Dade, when she went under water for a short time, at around 6:30 p.m. "[The homeowner] was having a gathering here at the location when they noticed the 2-year-old submerged in the water," said Miami-Dade Police Officer Robin Pinkard.
Mauricio Ortiz, another neighbor, said there were 15 to 20 people over at the home playing volleyball. "There were many people there," he said, speaking though a translator.
Neighbors described the family as loving. "Honestly, no one deserves this but especially him," said Mena. "This guy, I've never seen him sad or anything. He's always had a smile on his face."
Pinkard said the girl's relatives pulled her out of the water immediately. "She was pulled out of the water and CPR was administered right away on her," she said. Police said they were unable to revive her.
The toddler was transported to a nearby hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.
Police said they are still investigating exactly what happened but noted that they do not believe the child had been under the water for very long. However, police note, it does not take much time to drown. "It only takes a few seconds for a child to go under, not even a child, an adult to go under and drown," Pinkard said.
Collazo said the death is a wake-up call for her. "I just had a baby," she noted. "She's 4-and-a-half months, so I think that, as soon as she's 6 months, she's going straight to swimming lessons."
Six months is the age when children can begin swimming lessons.
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