Join CafeMom Today! Autism Amber Alert: Autistic girl, 5, drowns in Bradenton pond
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Monday, June 11, 2012

Autistic girl, 5, drowns in Bradenton pond

Autistic girl, 5, drowns in Bradenton pond

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office dive team has recovered the body of a 5-year-old autistic girl who drowned in a pond Monday, authorities said. 
Several witnesses reported seeing the girl in a retention pond off the 4400 block of Ninth Avenue East, in the Braden River Lakes subdivision, about 1:30 p.m. 
About a dozen divers and other firefighters searched the pond, which is about 12 to 20 feet deep in its deepest parts. 
The child did not know how to swim. 
Police say she was at home with her father and grandmother when somehow she managed to wander out a sliding glass door. 
The house backs up to a retention pond.

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