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SEMINOLE – An 18-month-old baby drowned in an inflatable pool Sunday afternoon.

According to Mac McMullen of the Sheriff’s Office, parents Felix and Debra Nunez left at 10 a.m. Sunday to go to Bradenton. They left their baby, Lilia, and their 10-year-old with a babysitter, who is 18.

Apparently, the babysitter left the baby unsupervised for a couple of minutes, when the 18-month-old slipped out the sliding glass doors and climbed a ladder in an inflatable above-ground pool in the backyard. She was found floating face down. It was unknown who found the child, but McMullen said the 10-year-old made the call to 911 to report it.

The baby was brought to Bayfront Hospital by Bayflight and was pronounced dead.

According to the National Safe Kids Campaign, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 1 to 14.

The majority of drownings occur in residential swimming pools and open water sites. It typically happens in a matter of seconds, when a child is left unattended for a brief period.

A person can drown in as little as one inch of water – more than half of the infant drownings occur in bathtubs. In children ages 1 to 4, more than half of the incidents are pool related. Older children usually fall victim to drowning in open water sites.

Safety tips

• Never leave a child unsupervised in or around water at home. Empty all containers immediately after use.
• Never leave a child unsupervised in or around a swimming pool or spa, even for a moment. Never rely on a PFD or swimming lessons to protect a child. Learn CPR and keep rescue equipment, a telephone and emergency numbers poolside.
• Install four-sided insulation fencing, at least 5 feet high and equipped with self-closing and self-latching gates, around a home pool or spa. Fencing should completely surround swimming pools or spas and prevent direct access from a house or yard. Never prop open the gate to a pool barrier or leave toys in and around the pool.
• Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved PFD when on a boat, near open bodies of water or when participating in water sports. Air-filled swimming aids, such as “water wings,” are not considered safety devices and are not substitutes for PFDs.
• Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.
• Children ages 14 and under should never operate a personal watercraft.
Source: National Safe Kids Campaign
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