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A 6-year-old girl has drowned at a north side apartment complex.

IMPD said they were called to the Lakeside Pointe Apartments just after 6 p.m. Tuesday. That’s near College and 91st Street.

We have learned that 6-year-old may not have even known how to swim.

The girl was discovered as the pool monitor, not a life guard,  was making his normal rounds.  The girl was face down at the bottom of the pool.

The pool monitor counted to 20, then jumped in.  He performed CPR, but it could not bring the girl back.  Indianapolis Police said the girl was playing with friends while her mother was a work.

“We have to understand, that water is very dangerous,” said IMPD Spokesman Kendale Adams.  “We have to be conscious of our children, watching and making sure those children are appropriately supervised, particularly when they are not avid swimmers.”

The girl’s name has not been released.  Also, no word when or if the pool will reopen.  The 6-year-old, her two siblings, and the girl’s mother had only been living here at Lakeside Pointe at NORA for about eight months.

The incident marks the second drowning of the week. Monday, an 11-year-old girl drowned inside her family’s backyard pool.

Police want parents and responsible adults to remember the following safety tips:

  • Never allow children to swim alone without any adult supervision
  • Keep children under active supervision at all times
  • Swim with a buddy
  • Never go through any pool gates when they are closed.  Stay Safe and Stay Out!
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