Leesburg, Florida, 3-year-old girl drowns in pool while mom sleeps, say police

Department of Children and Families Investigates

LEESBURG, Fla. - Police in central Florida say a young girl drowned in a neighbor's swimming pool while their mother slept.

Orlando's WESH reports 3-year-old Jayonna Brown and left home with her 4-year-old brother on Thursday and entered their neighbor's unfenced yard.

Capt. Rob Hicks says the young girl climbed into the above-ground pool, using a pool ladder. Hicks says the boy realized his sister needed help and ran next door.

A maintenance worker pulled the child from the pool and called 911.

Rescue crews tried to resuscitate the little girl, but she was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later.

The mother of the children, Chante Anthony, woke up during the commotion.

The Florida Department of Children and Families and detectives are investigating.

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