Police investigate drowning of Mesa toddler

Police investigate drowning of Mesa toddler

CREATED Sep. 3, 2012

Web Producer: Taylor Avey

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Mesa police are investigating the death of a 3-year-old girl who drowned after falling into a swimming pool during a holiday barbecue.

Sgt. Tony Landato says the girl, identified as Faith Parent, had gotten out of the pool and her arm floats had been removed so that she could eat dinner Sunday evening. Her mother went to get food but did not find the girl when she returned a few minutes later.

Landato says several people were outside by the pool, but no one saw the girl so the partygoers began searching the property.

The mother's boyfriend jumped into the cloudy pool and found the girl at the bottom. Efforts to revive her failed and she was later pronounced dead.

Police say it appears criminal charges are unlikely.

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