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3-year-old northern Indiana girl dies after being pulled from lake

The girl, whose name was not released, was found hours after she was reported missing Thursday morning.
Credit: Michigan City Police Dept. via WNDU
A 3-year-old girl from Michigan City was found in a lake hours after she was reported missing Thursday.

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — The search for a 3-year-old northern Indiana girl came to a tragic end Thursday.

Michigan City police received a report about the missing girl, who was last seen wearing only a t-shirt and a diaper, at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Police did not initially give the girl's name, but said she had autism and was nonverbal.

On Monday, LaPorte County Coroner Lynn Swanson identified the girl as Amy Ivey and said her cause of death was asphyxiation secondary to drowning, The Times of Northwest Indiana reported.  

Thursday afternoon, officers found the girl along the shore of Clare Lake in Long Beach and pulled her from the water. 

Police said first responders began performing life-saving measures until the child was taken to the hospital. According to WNDU, medical professionals worked for hours to revive the girl, but she died from her injuries.

Police are still speaking to witnesses and search for surveillance video in the area as their investigation continues. No further information about the investigation was released Thursday.

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