Missing 1-year-old girl dies after being found in North Port canal

NORTH PORT, Fla. — After an intense search, a missing 1-year-old girl has died after being found in a canal in a North Port neighborhood.

According to investigators, the toddler, Ava Perry, was reported missing at 11 a.m. Officials say she had been missing since around 10 a.m. 

During a news conference, officials announced crews found Ava in the canal in about four to five feet of water about a half mile from her home.

She was quickly scooped up and rushed to a nearby hospital where "life-saving measures" were being performed. But unfortunately, the child passed away at around 1:20 p.m.

She went missing from her home in the 8500 block of Alam Avenue, off South Biscayne.

Neighbors said they held a prayer session for the family.

"I met people today that I didn't even know existed, we came together," said Neighbor Jamie Pratt.

This is a developing story.  Refresh for updates.

 

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the North Port Police Department at 941- 429-7300.

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