Young Girl Drowns in San Mateo Lagoon

The 3-year-old girl was found unresponsive in the lagoon after wandering away from home.

A 3-year-old girl died in an apparent drowning after falling into the San Mateo Lagoon on Saturday afternoon, San Mateo police said Saturday night.

Emergency personnel responded to a 911 call at about 4:15 p.m. from a family in the 1500 block of Day Street, who reported their young daughter had wandered away from their home and was missing, San Mateo Police Sgt. Dave Norris said.

Police officers responded and searched for the child, who was quickly located unresponsive in a lagoon close to the family's apartment, Norris said.

Officers administered CPR until San Mateo fire personnel and American Medical Response paramedics arrived, who continued CPR but were unable to revive the girl.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The San Mateo Coroner's Office responded to take over the investigation, and authorities are calling the case a "tragic accidental death."

San Mateo Police and Fire Personnel are assisting the family in their time of grief.

Ana Lucia Novak June 17, 2012 at 11:34 PM
This is so sad, a family's nightmare. My heart and prayers go out to this family
Phyllis McArthur June 18, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Prayers to this family
Maurice L. June 18, 2012 at 04:39 AM
I feel truly sorry for the child and the family... Take Care
Alan Lubke June 18, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Lord Make me an instrument of Your peace: Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness joy. O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Unafeyed Bullyz Shawntae Eiland June 19, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Se Park June 19, 2012 at 05:03 PM
That's just weird. Why are you asking for donations? If this really is your niece, my sympathies to you and your family. What a terrible thing to happen.
Brian Ginna June 19, 2012 at 06:01 PM
why is it "weird?" They need help. http://www.mercurynews.com/health/ci_20886670/donations-sought-help-pay-funeral-drowned-san-mateo
Jo Tog June 19, 2012 at 06:49 PM
What about those Dads that drowned in the Delta? They left 17 kids. Sad.
frank June 19, 2012 at 07:50 PM
The men that drowned in the delta was indeed a horrible tragedy, however they all had a choice to wear a life vest, and they didn't. I too am guilty of not wearing one, but never again will I go without one, after these poor guys lost their life,
frank June 19, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Thanks for posting this, a funeral cost upwards of 10k or more, how horrible for this family to have this added to their pain


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