An 8-year-old child is dead after drowning in a swimming pool in south Bakersfield.

Officials say the drowning occurred Thursday, July 7 in a family swimming pool on Clara Court near Kendrick Elementary School.

The coroner’s office says 8-year-old Melody Monroe Ayon was taken to the hospital but later died.

Authorities have not released information about how the child managed to get into the pool.

Here’s a valuable link with information about how to keep you child safe near water.

Posted by Jeff Lemucchi