CLEARWATER — A 2-year-old girl found in a swimming pool after being left unattended March 4 died Friday night, according to Clearwater police.
Police say 39-year-old Charles William Gibbs was caring for the toddler, Samantha Gibbs, at 1559 Sherwood St. that day. He "was in and out of the house" during a 15- to 20-minute time span and found her in the backyard pool about 5:34 p.m, said Clearwater police spokeswoman Beth Watts.
Gibbs pulled the unresponsive child from the pool, and a neighbor performed CPR under the guidance of a 911 operator. When firefighters arrived, they continued CPR and were able to get a pulse, police said.
The child was transported to Morton Plant Hospital and then transported to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg in critical condition.
Samantha died Friday at 10:40 p.m. The autopsy did not reveal any signs of trauma or abuse, and it was determined she died by drowning.
The case is under investigation.