19-month-old girl drowns in bathtub in her Ellenton home

February 20, 2014 

MANATEE -- A 19-month-old girl drowned in a bathtub in her family's house in Ellenton on Thursday when her mother briefly left her with her 3-year-old brother in the water, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

About 11:20 a.m., deputies responded to a home in the 6900 block of 47th Court East, where they learned that Ellery Jackson had been taken to a hospital after mother found her unresponsive in the bath tub, according to a news release.

Ellery was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The sheriff's office said the child's mother was bathing Ellery and her brother when she left the children "to get something from another part of the house," the report states.

When she returned to the bathroom, she found Ellery under the water and called 9-1-1.

"Detectives are investigating, but nothing appears suspicious at this time," the report states.

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