Toddler drowns in Blount Co. pool, BCSO says

BLOUNT CO., Tenn. (WVLT) Officials with the Blount County Sheriff's Office reported a three-year-old died after she drowned in a pool Friday evening.

Deputies said they responded to a report of a drowning on West Cumberland Drive in Louisville, Tenn. around 8 p.m.

First responders performed CPR when they arrived at the scene, according to reports.

Deputies said they spoke with the family who said the toddler was eating dinner at a picnic table in the backyard. The family found the child drowning when they went out to check.

The family told deputies they immediately began CPR on the girl until first responders arrived.

The child was taken to UT Medical Center where officials said she was pronounced dead.

"We are saddened by this young girl’s death, and I extend my deepest sympathies to her family,” Sheriff Berrong said. “I cannot imagine losing a child, especially a baby. It is always heartbreaking for our deputies when we respond to any incident when a child or children are the victims. This was a tragic incident, and my deputies and I feel very deeply for her family.”

Officials with the Knox County Regional Forensics Center said the preliminary autopsy results confirm the child died as a result of accidental drowning.

Officials with the Blount County Sheriff's Office said they will continue to investigate.

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