Toddler dies in backyard pool in state's north

A two-year-old girl has died after being found unconscious in a backyard swimming pool near Tamworth on Sunday.

Just before 4.30pm, emergency services were called to a home on Peregrine Avenue, Calala, after reports a girl was pulled unconscious from a pool.

Paramedics began CPR at the scene before taking the toddler to Tamworth Hospital, where resuscitation efforts continued for some time until the child was declared dead.

Officers from Oxley Police District are investigating.

A police spokeswoman told Fairfax Media the pool was surrounded by a fence, and it is unknown how the child came to be in the pool. Whether the gates were properly secured will now form part of the investigation.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

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