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Girl, 2, dies after being pulled from pool, Port Orange police say

Police investigate drowning at Port Orange home

PORT ORANGE, Fla. – A 2-year-old girl has died after police say she was pulled from a pool in Port Orange on Thursday afternoon.

The drowning investigation was underway at a home on Sagewood Drive at 6:30 p.m.

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Port Orange police said 2-year-old Trinity Fuson had been pulled out of the swimming pool by her grandmother, who performed CPR with the assistance of deputies when officers arrived.

Trinity was taken to Halifax Hospital, where she died, according to police.

Police said Trinity was laid down for a nap and detectives are investigating how ended up in the pool.

Police said the drowning is still under investigation and did not confirm whether the family's swimming pool had safety barriers, News 6 learned there are some barriers that will protect your family.

"The family is really crushed. I mean it's a very tragic incident," said Marty White, family friend.

Police said the toddler and her brother just came down from Ohio to visit their grandparents.

"Living in Florida, with water, unfortunately, unfortunate accidents like this happen," said White.

"I've had quite a few calls where people said, my kids are making a run for it, now I'm terrified. I need to do something now," said Dan Kos, owner of Pool Guard.

Kos showed News 6 some safety barriers that included nets, four sided fences that are drilled into the ground and sturdy gates.

"All new pools must have a pool fence or door alarms and window alarms on every door," said Kos.

According to the Florida Building Code, all new private swimming pools must meet certain requirements.

-Pools need to be completely surrounded by a fence or barrier
-Barriers must be self-closing and self-latching
-No existing enclosures shall be removed or replaced that would reduce its effectiveness as a safety barrier.

Kos said using a fence as a safety barrier is the better choice.

"I've installed fences for people with door alarms because they don't know if it's their 9-year old or their 2- year-old going out, but they know the fence is always up," he said.


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