A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder and child neglect after a three-year-old girl drowned in a hotel swimming pool in Blackpool.
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.
A 40-year-old woman, also from Galashiels, 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.
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