8-year-old dies after Md. swimming pool incident

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police in Montgomery County are investigating a suspicious possible drowning of an 8-year-old girl in Rockville.

It happened Monday at approximately 2:39 p.m. at the Rockville Swim Center, located at 355 Martins Lane.

Police say Stephanie Benitez, of the 1700 block of Gunther Avenue in Rockville, had jumped from the diving board into the deep end of the pool and swam to a nearby ladder. When she reached the ladder, she did not have the strength to pull herself out of the water and began making what were described as unusual movements.

Lifeguards were immediately alerted and pulled the girl from the pool. They began treatment, but Benitez was unresponsive and remained unconscious. She was flown to an area hospital where she was pronounced deceased later that night.

No foul play is suspected. The cause of death remains undetermined pending the results of an autopsy by the Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore.


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