Girl, 5, drowns in backyard pool during church party, deputies say

By all accounts, what happened in the backyard of a North Lauderdale home on Sunday was unfortunate. 

It’s where the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said a 5-year-old girl drowned in a pool.  

"Its just tragic.  It was just a party, that's all," a witness, who didn’t want to be named, said.  

The call for help went out late Sunday afternoon.                

The girl and her mother were at the house to celebrate the holiday weekend with people from church. 

"She swam and we got them all out of the water and we don't know how she got back in the water," the witness said.

State tax paperwork for the  New Fellowship Church comes back to an address of the house where the gathering took place. 

It appears the girl was swimming in the pool earlier in the day and somehow ended up back in the pool.             

Local 10 News was told  it wasn't until someone went back outside later in the day that they noticed the girl unresponsive in the water. 

"It only takes a second for a child to get into a pool if they don't know how to swim and for it to be a complete tragedy," BSO spokeswoman Gina Carter said.  

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