SPRING HILL — A 2-year-old Brooksville girl attending a birthday party wandered into a neighbor's pool and drowned Saturday afternoon, according to officials.
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office said Shailyn Marie Shaw was one of about 12 children attending the party at 8180 Pagoda Drive. The children were playing on an inflatable ride in the back yard as adults watched and barbecued.
Shailyn managed to slip away from the party undetected and cross over into the pool area of a neighbor's yard, according to the report.
When the adults realized Shailyn was missing, they checked with neighbor Larry Jerominski of 8184 Pagoda Drive. The Sheriff's Office said Jerominski looked outside on his lanai and saw Shailyn at the bottom of the pool.
Jerominski pulled the toddler from the pool and his wife and daughter began attempting cardiopulmonary resuscitation, according to the report. Sheriff's deputies and Spring Hill Fire Rescue were called at 3:32 p.m. and the girl was taken to Oak Hill Hospital.
Shailyn was later flown to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, where she was pronounced dead at 7:13 p.m.
Officials say preliminary information points toward an accidental drowning, but the investigation continues.
On Sunday, there was no answer at the door of the girl's home at the Candlelight Apartments in Brooksville. Shailyn's mother, Carissa Carlton, 22, could not be reached for comment. Nor could Jerominski or the owners of the home where the birthday party was held.
This is at least the second drowning in Hernando in the past couple of months. A 2-year-old girl drowned May 26 after sneaking outside while her mother was asleep and falling into her family's pool in eastern Hernando County. That case was ruled to be accidental.
Joel Anderson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 754-6120.