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Toddler Drowns at Joliet 4th of July Party: Police

A celebration turned tragic Friday at a home in Joliet.

Credit: GoFundMe.com
Credit: GoFundMe.com
A 2-year-old girl was found at the bottom of an above-ground pool during a Fourth of July party, Joliet police said. Efforts to revive the toddler were unsuccessful, and the girl was pronounced dead Friday evening at the Presence St. Joseph Medical Center emergency room, according to the Will County Coroner's office.

The toddler, identified as Brooke T. Cast, was attending a party in the 1000 block of Louise Lane with her family, Police Chief Brian Benton said.

According to Benton, Brooke was last seen playing with other children inside the home. It was mere minutes before her parents realized she was no longer with the other children and went looking for her, police said.

"It was a rather short period of time" before the toddler was found at the bottom of the pool, Benton said.

The girl's father pulled her from the pool, and a party guest who is a nurse performed CPR on the child while an ambulance was en route, according to Benton.

"Unfortunately, they were not successful in reviving the toddler," he said, calling the incident a tragedy.

"I feel for [the family]," Benton said. "It's very tragic."

A GoFundMe website has been set up to raise money to help parents Crystal Meyer and Eric Cast with funeral expenses.

JoeyTheJerkOff July 17, 2014 at 12:57 AM
Thanks Tony. I'll use that name for now on. I seriously feel sorry for you. JoeyTheJerkOff is signing out.
AED July 22, 2014 at 05:27 PM
Fck these 2 they should be arrested for killing they pretty lil girl n they lost a wedding ring and needs help finding it they hungry frfr n out shopping after they lil girl is gone. Fck that they happy n plus who ever donated money to them is a fool wit it n goof ballz
Chris Aguirre July 23, 2014 at 10:47 AM
AFD.....can you translate that to English?
Tony July 24, 2014 at 07:53 AM
Chris...I think he is expressing his profound heartfelt sincere condolences and that if he had 2 nickels to rub together he 'd give them one.

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