Missing 1-year-old Florida girl dies after being found in Sarasota County canal

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida toddler died after going missing and falling in a canal.

News outlets report that 20-month-old Ava Natalia Perry went missing from her North Port home in Sarasota County Tuesday morning.

Officials say the girl's family searched for about an hour before calling police. Officers conducted an aggressive search and found the girl in a canal about a half-mile from her home. The girl was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police say the girl had been with a sibling in an unfenced backyard that bordered the canal.

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