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Two-year-old girl drowns in East Islip home pool, cops say

Suffolk detectives are investigating the possible drowning of

Suffolk detectives are investigating the possible drowning of a child at an East Islip home Friday night. Rescuers were called to Percy Williams Drive just before 6 p.m., and they rushed a child to the hospital, Suffolk police said. Credit: String News Service

A 2-year-old girl drowned in the backyard pool of an East Islip home Friday night despite lifesaving attempts by her grandmother and rescuers, Suffolk police said.

Galaxy Belenger was not breathing when her grandmother called 911 about 5:50 p.m. from a residence on Percy Williams Drive, police said. The grandmother told 911 that she had pulled the girl from the inground pool, police said. She performed CPR until rescuers arrived, officials said. 

The toddler was transported by Islip Exchange Ambulance to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was pronounced dead, police said.

East Islip firefighters also responded, and Second Assistant Chief Mark Charvat, who also rushed to the house, said one of his volunteers lives nearby and drove to the scene. The volunteer performed CPR until paramedics in the ambulance arrived, Charvat said.

Other details were not immediately available Friday night as homicide detectives continued their investigation.

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