Surprise toddler drowns after being pulled from backyard pool; new details released

A 3-year-old girl has died after she was found unresponsive in a pool Tuesday afternoon at a Surprise home. 

The child had been unaccounted for for at least three hours, officials said. The incident happened near Greenway and Reems roads around 1:50 p.m. on July 12.

An investigation revealed that the mother and child were home alone when the incident happened, and that it was normal for them to take a nap during the day.

Police say the mother fell asleep, and the child was able to get out into the backyard during her nap.

The family told investigators that safeguards were normally put in place to prevent the girl from going outside and getting into the pool.

"However, on this day not all of those safeguards were in place," officials said.

The person who found the girl in the water was another family member who had just returned home.

Police say they are still not sure how long the toddler had been in the pool before she was discovered.

The case is being submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for review. It is not known if charges are being filed in the case.

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