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Police said they are treating the death of a 3-year-old girl in a hotel swimming pool in Lancashire as "unexplained".
A 40-year old woman remains in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder and child neglect.
Detective Chief Inspector Dean Holden of Lancashire Police said: “We are treating this tragic incident as an unexplained death and are continuing to investigate just how the child has come into difficulties in the pool."
Police said the girl was removed from the swimming pool at the Dalmeny hotel in St Annes by a member of the public who jumped into the water to help, accompanied by a member of staff from the hotel, but she died in hospital last night.
A Home Office post-mortem will take place to establish the cause of death.
A 40-year-old woman, from Galashiels, Scotland, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and child neglect and remains in police custody.
Detective Inspector Nick Connaughton from Blackpool CID said: "This is a tragic situation where a young girl has lost her fight for life following an incident at a swimming pool in a hotel in St Annes.
"We are now treating this sad death as suspicious and are investigating just how the child has come into difficulties in the pool."
A spokesman for the 100-bedroom Dalmeny Hotel declined to comment.
A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a three-year-old girl drowned in a hotel swimming pool in St Anne's, Lancashire.
The child, who was believed to have been staying at the seaside hotel with her parents, got into difficulty in the water at the Dalmeny Hotel, in St Annes, near Blackpool, at around 11am yesterday.
She was initially pulled from the water and taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital, but after being transported to Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in a critical condition, the girl, from Galashiels, Scotland, died at around 8pm yesterday.