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Clearwater toddler who fell into pool March 4 dies

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.

Clearwater toddler who fell into pool March 4 dies 03/21/11 [Last modified: Monday, March 21, 2011 4:28pm]

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