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News - June 5, 2019

3-year-old girl drowns in Atherton swimming pool

by Angela Swartz

A 3-year-old girl drowned on May 23 in the backyard swimming pool of an Atherton home during a party, town officials confirmed last week.

The girl, identified by the San Mateo County Coroner's Office as Aanya Sandhu of Fremont, was at a family gathering at a home on the 100 block of Stockbridge Avenue when the incident occurred, said Atherton Police Cmdr. Joe Wade.

Family members searched for the girl when they became aware that she was missing; they found her in the pool and pulled her out of the water, Wade said. Police were dispatched around 7:04 p.m., and when they arrived two minutes later they found the girl nonresponsive and not breathing.

Police administered CPR until Menlo Park Fire Protection District paramedics arrived. She was taken to Stanford Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, Wade said.

City Attorney Bill Conners said there was no barrier around the pool.

Swimming pools built before 1985 aren't required to have such barriers, but the town is interested in sending a letter to residents informing them of the dangers of not having some sort of barrier around pools, he said. Children or someone with Alzheimer's disease could wander into the pool area if such a protection isn't in place, he added.

"This is a wake-up call for all of us," Conners said. "It's a huge tragedy."


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