11-month old drowns in Lakeland


An 11 month-old boy dies after falling in a pool on July 4th.  It happened on the 4700 block of Puritan Lane a little after 7:00 p.m.  in Lakeland.

The father was playing billiards with a friend while the child in the room.  The father step away from the child to find a baby-gate and the friend used the restroom. 

When the father returned he could not find the child.  They searched the home and found the baby in the swimming pool.  According to police the child got to the pool through an open door.

The child was transported to the hospital, but died at around 8:30 p.m. Friday night.

Lakeland police are still investigating.  An autopsy will be performed on Monday to determine the cause of death.

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