Deltona toddler drowns in pool; becomes eighth small child pool-drowning victim so far this year in Volusia County

DELTONA -- A 21-month-old toddler drowned in a small backyard swimming pool early Monday evening in Deltona, a Volusia County spokesman said. The little girl became the eighth child under 4 to die so far this year in Volusia County as a result of a pool drowning.

Sheriff’s deputies and rescue crews with the Deltona Fire Department and EVAC ambulance were dispatched to a residence on Apricot Drive at 7:39 p.m. That’s where a family member brought the unresponsive child -- Rocio Vazquez Naranjo -- seeking help.

"The child’s mother, father and an older sibling were home at the time and didn’t realize that the little girl had wandered off," Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said. "The family searched their home and found Rocio in the pool. They pulled the girl out of the water and brought her down the street to a house where the resident knew CPR."

That resident tried to revive the child until paramedics arrived a few minutes later to take over, Davidson said, but they were unable to revive her en route to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City.

"Medical personnel were unable to resuscitate her," the Sheriff's spokesman said. "She was pronounced dead at 8:30 p.m. The incident is under investigation by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office."

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