Bush toddler drowns Sunday in backyard pool

Published: Sep. 5, 2016 at 4:47 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 5, 2016 at 8:10 PM CDT
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BUSH, La. - - A 3-year-old girl drowned in a backyard pool in Bush over the weekend.

Around 10 a.m. Sunday, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office responded to the 82000 block of Highway 21 after family members discovered the girl unresponsive in their swimming pool.

The mother of the toddler told police her daughter was in the living room watching television and playing. The mother walked away for a few minutes, and when she returned, the toddler was nowhere to be found.

She was searching the house when another family member found the girl in the swimming pool.

The mother started CPR until emergency crews from Fire District #9 and Acadian Ambulance arrived.

The girl was airlifted to Bogalusa Charity Hospital. The child was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.

"This is any parent's worse nightmare," said St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith. "Whenever a young child is involved in a tragic accident, it really hits home and affects everyone involved. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. We hope they find comfort during this heartbreaking time."

The name of the child has not been released.

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