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2-Year-Old Girl Drowns in Family Pool, Investigation Underway

Makayla Gonzales was swimming with her parents at a home near Pepper Drive Friday, then was left with other children to play in the yard while other family members went inside.

The death of a 2-year-old girl, who was found floating face-down in a family member's  near El Cajon, remained under investigation today, sheriff's officials said.

Makayla Gonzales was swimming with her parents at a residence on Poinciana Drive near Pepper Drive Friday, then was left with other children to play in the yard while other family members went inside, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

The girl's mother found her floating face-down in the pool a short time later and pulled her from the water, the Medical Examiner's Office said.

Sheriff's deputies were called out about 2 p.m. Friday, according to sheriff's Lt. Phil Brust. CPR was initiated and the girl was taken to Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa where she died about 5 p.m., according to Brust and the Medical Examiner's Office.

An autopsy was pending, the Medical Examiner's Office said.

Brust said the sheriff's department's child abuse unit was investigating.

-City News Service

Joe Spencer September 10, 2012 at 05:11 PM
REALLY?? A story like this and THAT is the picture? A little insensitive/tacky in my book.
Kevin George September 10, 2012 at 05:31 PM
You beat me to it Joe. I agree, very tacky.
James Jones September 10, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Same here. Unbelievable choice of photos.........how does someone NOT understand that that was a bad choice? Journalism and competent editors are a thing of the past.
bme September 11, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Picture aside, nothing upsets me more than tragic "accidents" like this that never should have happened in the first place. I would have never, EVER left my two-year-old child unsupervised near a pool.
Cynthia Rapacki September 12, 2012 at 09:44 PM
This was my sons niece. Have a little sympathy. This familys heartbroken. Was a tragic accident.

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