Fort Bend County officials investigating after toddler drowns in pond in Richmond neighborhood

HOUSTON – Fort Bend County officials are investigating after a toddler drowned in a pond in Richmond Friday morning.

The drowning was reported at 11:30 a.m. near the 2400 block of Old South Drive in Richmond, according to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials say the child’s mother made a frantic call to 911, to report her 20-month-old daughter was missing.

“She stated that the back door to the apartment was open and her daughter was not inside the apartment. She proceeded to start looking for her daughter and a few minutes later found her daughter in the pond behind the apartment complex,” said Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls.

Neighbors told deputies they rushed over to help after they heard the toddler’s mom screaming. She got her daughter out of the water and started CPR as they waited on medics to arrive, officials say. When paramedics arrived, they continued administering first aid and transported the toddler to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

No foul play is suspected in her death. Authorities are calling it a tragic accident.

This is Fort Bend County’s first downing this year. There were three drownings in 2019.