18-month-old drowns during birthday party near Clayton

The pool in which the 18-month-old girl drowned. Photo by Amy Cutler/WNCN

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) – An 18-month-old girl drowned in a family friend’s pool near Clayton Sunday night, officials said.

Around 9 p.m., Johnston County emergency crews responded to the 900 block of Lee Road.

“A little baby girl in the pool. She’s not breathing,” a caller told 911 dispatch.

The victim’s mother asked friends to watch the child as she prepared some food during a birthday party at the home.

Authorities say the mother found the toddler in the pool when she came back.

The girl was unresponsive. The girl’s name was not released.

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said the drowning was accidental in nature and no charges are expected.

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