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Another child drowns in pool

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 5, 2001

TAMPA -- A 16-month-old girl drowned in her family's backyard pool Wednesday night, the third Hillsborough County child to die in a backyard drowning in just four days.

Officials said Ashley Robertson's parents left her with other family members at 10234 Timmons Road in Thonotosassa while her parents ran errands. At some point, the family lost sight of Ashley, who wandered into the backyard. Minutes later at 8:10 p.m., they found Ashley floating face-down in the family's above-ground swimming pool.

One family member began performing CPR while another called 911. Ashley was rushed to University Community Hospital, where she died.

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