19-month-old girl drowns in Missouri pond

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HOLT, Mo. -- A 19-month-old girl drowned Wednesday night in a pond in Holt, Mo.

Family members identified the child as Josslyn Whitley Crawford and said they are devastated. They called Josslyn their "little kiss blowing peanut."

The Holt Fire Department said they responded to a call just after 10 p.m. at a home on Shanks Road in Holt, Mo. Fire Chief Robert Looper said family members found Crawford in a pond located in front of the home. When firefighters arrived, the family was still trying to revive the little girl. She was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead. Chief Looper said authorities believe Crawford was without oxygen for about 30 minutes.

Chief Looper said the case is a difficult one for his department.

"It's pretty tough -- a challenge for us all," he said. "Sometimes the best therapy is to just go home and hug your own kids."

The Sheriff's department continues to investigate the child's death, saying it's too early to tell if it's accidental. The mother of the victim was questioned at the sheriff's department and was released.

Family members told FOX 4 they lost another child to a medical condition. Losing another is unthinkable heart-wrenching. If you care to donate and assist with the Crawford family's funeral arrangements, donations can be sent to:

Josslyn Whitley Crawford
c/o Williams Funeral Home
1400 S. Maguire
Warrensburg, Mo. 64093

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