UPDATE: Columbus toddler drowns in neighbor's pool

COLUMBUS — Authorities say a Columbus toddler drowned after wandering out of her home and into a next-door neighbor’s back-yard pool.

Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant said 18-month-old Tamiya Peoples was pronounced dead Thursday after she was found at around 6:30 p.m.

Merchant said the child’s mother was helping the family’s other four children get ready for a bath when Tamiya “slipped away.”

Merchant said a gated fence separates the yards of the two houses, but the gate was open. The aboveground pool does not have a safety fence.

Family members found the child in the pool after they discovered she was missing.

The Associated Press