WEATHERSFIELD - A 2-year-old girl drowned Tuesday afternoon in the family's backyard swimming pool.
The girl, identified on a family Facebook page as Marina Nicole Baugher, was found face-down shortly before 1 p.m. at 1359 Emerson Ave., officials said. She was rushed to St. Joseph Health Center.
The girl's mother, identified as Maria Reynolds, told investigators she thought the toddler was inside their home. When she couldn't find her, she went outside and discovered her in the backyard pool, which is attached by a deck to a door at the rear of the house.
Officials said the mother performed CPR on the girl, who was not responding, until emergency crews responded to the Emerson Avenue home.
Township police did not release information on the investigation. Township trustees began their regular meeting Tuesday night with a moment of silence in remembrance of the child, confirming that she had died.
On her Facebook page, Reynolds posted a public statement: ''My heart is empty. I don't know how to feel right now. Mommy loves you, Marina Nicole. You're in a better place, and mommy is so sorry. I'm so lucky to have you as my little angel now.
''Rest in peace, Marina Nicole Baugher. You will never be forgotten, baby girl. Mommy loves you!''
Her birthday was June 10.