Toddler pulled from backyard pool pronounced dead at local hospital

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HEWITT, Texas (KWTX) Mira McCollum, A 20-month old girl who fell into a swimming pool Monday evening at a home in the 200 block of Hillside Drive in Hewitt, was pronounced dead at 10 a.m. Thursday at McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple, her family said in an update on its GoFundMe page.

Mira McCollum. (Family photo)

"Thank you for all your love and support. We are overwhelmed with love from everyone," the family later said in a Facebook post.

The toddler's funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Greater Waco Baptist Church at 912 Loop 340.

The girl’s father, John McCollum said in a Facebook post Wednesday that Mira was confirmed to be brain dead Wednesday morning.

The toddler was taken to a local hospital in critical condition Monday evening after a 7-year-old sibling jumped in and tried to save her and the girl’s father performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

Her condition was initially described as stable Monday night.

Authorities said she had a heartbeat and was breathing on a respirator as she was flown to McLane Children's Hospital in Temple.

The near-drowning was reported just before 5:45 p.m. Monday.

The father, who was watching the toddler, and three other children, ages 7, 5, and 3, went inside to get food from the stove to bring outside when the girl walked into the pool, authorities said.

The 7-year-old, who was sitting on the diving board at the time, jumped in to try to save her and began screaming for his father, authorities said.

The mother was inside taking a shower at the time, but authorities said she made the 911 call.

When fire crews arrived they were able to restore a faint pulse, authorities said.

"The child was unresponsive when the dad pulled her out, that's why he began chest compressions," said Hewitt police Chief Jim Devlin.

"Officers arrived very quickly after that followed by the fire department, they took over those duties and right before transport ended up getting a very faint pulse on the child."

The girl was initially taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center.

According to their initial investigation, the incident happened within a two-minute time span, Devlin said.

"From what we understand, the children were out of the pool, nobody was swimming anymore, but the curiosity of young children is paramount, they're going to do things that you don't even think they're capable of doing so it's very important to safeguard these type of areas, pay attention to your children, close attention to them," said Devlin.

The pool was not fenced in, Devlin said.

"Be very mindful of the potential hazards you may have around your home," he said.

Devlin said they were 'waiting to see where the pieces fall' before making any determination on action moving forward.