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Police said a 2-year-old child was found dead in a swimming pool Sunday at a property on South Pitney Road between East Cresson and East Elm avenues.

NICOLE LEONARD / STAFF WRITER

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — A child who had been reported missing was found dead Sunday morning, police said.

Police and witnesses from the block of South Pitney Road between East Cresson and East Elm avenues said the 2-year-old’s body was discovered in a swimming pool.

Officers responded to a home on South Pitney for a reported missing child and began searching the area, and called for more resources to help search, police said.

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Dan and his girlfriend, Courtney, who declined to give their last names, were visiting her family, and he awoke and saw emergency personnel searching the neighborhood, he said.

Dan went outside and saw a small child, who he presumed was dead, in the pool at the house where he was staying, he said.

Galloway police took statements from the two Sunday morning at the police station.

The child was unresponsive when removed from the pool, police said.

Officers and emergency medical personnel administered CPR and transported the child to the AtlanticCare Regional Medical Center’s Mainland Campus, but despite the rescue effort, the child died, police said.

The matter is under investigation, police said.

There was no information Sunday on the child’s name or gender.

Assisting agencies included the township fire department and ambulance squad; Stockton University and Absecon police; the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit; and the State Police Aviation Unit, police said.

This is at least the third water-related incident involving a child in South Jersey in less than two weeks.

Kaylin Pahulick, 4, of Levittown, Pennsylvania, died July 10 at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia after drowning four days earlier while swimming at Lake & Shore RV Resort in Ocean View, Dennis Township.

A 6-year-old girl vacationing with family from Philadelphia drowned July 8 in a pool at Nantucket Inn and Suites on Ocean Avenue in Wildwood. She was taken to Cape Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead that afternoon.

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Previously interned and reported for Boston.com, The Asbury Park Press, The Boston Globe

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