Michigan police investigate toddler's drowning

THREE RIVERS, Mich. — Police are investigating the death of a 1-year-old girl who drowned Thursday in a pool at her home despite safety precautions taken by the family.   

The death occurred about 6 p.m., according to a report from Michigan State Police. Troopers were working on the case with Child Protective Services and the Medical Examiner’s Office, the report said. 

One of the parents was home at the time, along with an 11-year-old sibling, when a 2-year-old girl and the 1-year-old snuck out of the house. The children were discovered missing and in the family’s pool a few minutes later, police said. 

The parent who was home has medical training and immediately started CPR on the 1-year-old until EMS personnel arrived. The child was taken to Three Rivers hospital, where she eventually died. The 2-year-old was checked out and is OK, and was returned to her family, the report said. 

According to police, the home is a licensed day care, however, there were no other children in the home on Thursday due to the holiday. Investigators said the children circumvented safety measures that were in place at the home. 

The family’s name was being withheld by police. 

The Three Rivers Police Department, the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department and Three Rivers Ambulance assisted at the scene. 

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