HOUSTON A family is faced with tragedy after their little girl drowned in the backyard pool.

It happened sometime around 5 p.m. Friday in 7700 block of Windswept Lane in Southwest Houston.

Police said the father was doing yard work outside andthought his daughter was inside the house. According to police, he took his eyes off the child for no more than a couple of minutes.

He stopped doing his yard work to go check on his child, found her at the bottom of the pool, called 911, explained Officer Jose Dominguez with Houston police.

News that the child didn t make it spread through the neighborhood. People with heavy hearts sympathized with the family involved.

I teach elementary school so it s always horrible when you hear a story about a child being injured, and a child drowns, oh my God that s horrible, said neighbor Suzanne Menn.

Police questioned the father and mother as standard procedure. Investigators didn t say whether anybody else was home when this happened, and police wouldn t specify on the age of the victim.

Police on scene said it appeared that the drowning was a terrible accident.

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