Family speaks after 2-year-old dies days after being found in family pool

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHEONIX - A Valley family is mourning the loss of their 2- year-old girl after she drowned in the backyard pool.

3TV spoke to family members who want to share an important message for this holiday weekend. The family thought it had all its bases covered: Adults were home at the time, and there was a proper pool fence but they realized it just takes one second to lose sight of a child.

Ericka Reyes is the little girl’s cousin. She says, “Mia was a bright little girl. Always smiling, always being playful”

Mia's grandmother spends most of the time watching the little girl but on Monday she went inside the family's Phoenix home to boil some water and put Mia's 15-year-old aunt, Mckenzi, in charge of watching her near the backyard pool.

Ericka says, “It was a moment of taking a glance, and not thinking it would take one step for her to fall into that pool. It just happened so fast.”

Mia was found floating in the pool. Family members jumped in and called 911 but the child did not have a pulse.

Ericka says, “We had faith to have some miracle. They decided to see how long Mia could pull out of it."

Unfortunately, her heart just gave up.”The little girl was taken off life support two days ago.

Ericka says no one is blaming McKenzie but does have this message for all parents: Always keep your child right next to you…when you're in that pool…doesn't  matter if it’s gated, if you have 20 people, it only takes a  glance for your child to fall into that pool.”

Mia's funeral will be held on Tuesday. The family is having a car wash this weekend to raise money for her funeral costs.

It is scheduled for Saturday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Taco Bell parking lot at 3517 W. Glendale Avenue (35th Ave. south of Glendale).