A Ceres child died Saturday afternoon after she wandered from her grandparents in the 1200 block of McKnight Court and drowned in a ground-level hot tub.
A 911 call was placed at 2:08 p.m. by the girl's grandparents who were caring for the toddler as her parents worked. The girl apparently wandered into the back yard and slipped into the water before she was noticed missing.
"It just takes a second," commented acting Police Chief Brent Smith.
Officers Brittney England and Mike Vierra were the first to respond and took over CPR efforts from family members until AMR paramedics arrived. The girl was transported to a Modesto hospital but did not survive.
The girl would have been two years old in August.
The name of the girl was not released by Ceres Police nor the Coroner's Office.