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2-year-old girl dies after being pulled from Chandler Lake

2-year-old girl dies after being pulled from Chandler Lake
Posted at 6:54 PM, Jun 29, 2021

CHANDLER, AZ — A two-year-old girl has died after being pulled from a community lake in Chandler Tuesday evening.

Chandler police say they were called to the area of Alma School Road and Chandler Heights for reports of a lost child.

Family told police they were unable to locate the girl, identified as Bellarae Smith, for about 30 minutes at that point.

Officers began searching the complex and nearby areas, which included a lake.

About a half an hour later, officers found Bellarae, unresponsive, in the community lake.

Medics performed life saving measures as she was rushed to a hospital, but hospital staff pronounced her dead.

Officials say Bellarae walked out of her apartment unnoticed when she was being watched by a family member.

It’s unclear how she ended up in the lake or how long she was in the water.

Police say they are continuing to investigate the situation, but at this point no foul play is suspected.