Authorities are investigating the death of a 3-year-old girl found at the bottom of Sarasota pool, reportedly drowned while in the care of her teen cousin. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office identified Haily G. Nito-Hernandez as the girl on Friday.

Haily and two other children, ages 2 and 6, were left in their 16-year-old cousin’s care, but at 10:24 a.m. Friday, deputies were called to a home in the 3200 block of Henrietta Place in Sarasota to a report of a drowning.

photo Barbara A Lane via pixabay
photo Barbara A Lane via pixabay

The 3-year-old girl was found at the bottom of the swimming pool when deputies arrived.

 

Haily was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Along with the sheriff’s office, the Florida Department of Children and Families is investigating the drowning, according to the sheriff’s office. Official did say they believe it was an accidental drowning.

Drowning is the leading cause of injury death among children ages 1–4 in Florida.Florida’s drowning death rate among children ages 1–4 is the highest in the nation. Enough children drown each year in Florida to fill three to four preschool classrooms. In 2012, 440 Florida residents drowned.

Sarasota had 22 accidental drownings between 2013 and 2015. Florida charts has a full analysis HERE

Accidental drowning is estimated to be the cause of about 10 deaths a day in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Of these, two are children aged 14 and younger,” the agency reported on its website. “Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.”

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