IMMOKALEE, Fla. - While two Immokalee parents mourn the loss of their little girl who drowned in a swimming pool Monday, questions still remain how the girl was able to enter the neighbor's fenced in pool.
"This is her favorite car."
Larissa Meza, the cousin of 2-year-old Andrea Meza-Santana, translates for the family outside their home. They share pictures of the little girl they lost, and show us her favorite toy.
"She liked to play a lot, run," Meza continues.
In fact, that's what reports say the girl was doing before her parents found her in a neighbor's pool. Meza-Santana's mother told deputies she lost sight of the girl when she ran from the home to the other side of a nearby building. Fifteen minutes later the girl's father found her face down in the pool. She later died at the hospital.
Family and friends visited the parents' home throughout the day. As for the latch on the gate surrounding the pool, it's clearly out of reach for a two year old. The homeowner didn't want to go on camera, but tells WINK News the gate is normally closed, however he noticed it was open at the time of the incident.
The Department of Children and Families does not have any prior cases with the family, but they are investigating. The Collier Sheriff's Office is also investigating. It's unclear if there could be any charges filed.