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Child dies in north Indianapolis apartment complex pool

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INDIANAPOLIS -

Police are investigating the drowning death of a young child in a swimming pool at a north side apartment complex.

Officers responded to the Lakeside Pointe at Nora Apartments on North College Avenue shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say the girl was swimming with other children.

There were reportedly adults at the pool, but none of them were supervising the six-year-old and there was no lifeguard on duty.

A pool monitor saw the six-year-old girl at bottom of the pool, pulled her out and tried to administer CPR to save her, but the child was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later.

Police say the child's mother was at work at the time of the drowning and two siblings were in their apartment with a babysitter.

Witnesses at the scene say they don't believe the child knew how to swim.

"This a very tragic event. You have to understand water is very dangerous and be conscious of our children here, making sure those children are properly supervised. Particularly when they are not avid swimmers," said IMPD Ofc. Kendale Adams.

Police say charges are not expected to be filed in this case. They are just calling this a tragic accident.  IMPD says the child's family has only lived in the United States for a few months.

Every day in the United States, 10 people drown.  It's a startling statistic, especially considering, in many cases, it could have been prevented. Area pools are filled with kids this time of the year and it's critical that they know how to swim and that they are closely supervised.

Learning to swim is key.  There are many free programs available through local parks departments and the YMCA, but even then, supervision is key.  Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death for children under the age of 14.

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