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Toddler dies after being found in garden pond as neighbour hears ‘screaming’

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A toddler has died after being found in a garden pond.

Neighbours said they heard screaming after the girl was discovered in Bainsford in Falkirk, Scotland on Thursday.

The child was taken to hospital where she died shortly afterwards, the Daily Record reports.

Emergency services raced to the scene shortly after 6pm on Thursday, June 10 after reports the girl had fallen into the pond.

Police have launched an investigation after the discovery.

The girl is understood to have been pulled from the water before medics arrived, who carried her into the ambulance.

She was then taken to Forth Valley Royal Hospital under a police escort.

One neighbour, who did not want to be named, described hearing "screaming" at the scene and said they could tell something was "seriously wrong".

The resident said: "I was cutting the grass and then all I heard was screaming.

"I could tell by the screaming there was something seriously wrong, it was horrible, I can still hear it in my head.

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"Minutes later I heard sirens, and then loads of police turned up along with an ambulance – they all went running round the back of the house.

"I couldn't really see what was going on, but cops were standing at the back door and looking into the house.

"Paramedics carried the child out into the ambulance and it went flying out the street behind a police car."

Three police cars, a van and two ambulances were spotted at the scene.

In a statement, a Police Scotland spokeman said: “Emergencies services attended at Dollar Avenue in Falkirk at 6.10pm on Thursday, 10 June, after an 18-month old child had fallen into a pond.

"The child was taken to Forth Valley Royal Hospital for treatment, where she died a short time later.

"Enquiries into the incident are ongoing.”

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