Police say a 3-year-old girl has drowned and the woman who was believed to be caring for her at the time has been hospitalized.

The toddler, who was not immediately identified, was in an in-ground backyard swimming pool in Lawrence, when the accident occurred early Wednesday afternoon.

Police Lt. Kevin Smith says investigators suspect the adult caretaker - an unidentified woman in her 30s - was in the pool with the little girl and may have slipped into the deep end of the pool, dropping the child.

Smith says the caretaker has been hospitalized and is on a ventilator.

The drowning is the second in as many days in Nassau County. On Tuesday, a 12-year-old Manhattan girl drowned while on a school trip to Long Beach.

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