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Manatee toddler drowns in swimming pool

MANATEE — Authorities say a 2-year-old girl drowned in a house swimming pool this morning, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

At 11:32 a.m., sheriff’s deputies arrived to find emergency workers performing CPR on Serenity Marshall, who had fallen in the home’s pool, in the 1200 block of Carmella Lane.

The girl’s mother, Royel Marshall, 28, told deputies the last time she saw the toddler she was playing in her room. When Marshall checked the house she found Serenity in the pool, the sheriff’s report said.

Emergency workers took the child to Manatee Memorial Hospital where doctors pronounced her dead at 12:15 p.m., according to the sheriff’s report. Sheriff’s detectives are still investigating the drowning.