PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- On Wednesday afternoon a baby girl died after being pulled from a toilet at a Phoenix house.
It happened around 1 p.m. at a home near 24th Street just north of Indian School.
Investigators say a 16-year-old called 911 and said her 11-month-old half-sister, identified as Savanna Smith, had wandered out of her sight and she found her in the toilet.
Savanna wasn't breathing when her sister pulled her out.
Firefighters said they moved as fast as they could.
"So we made contact with the child, initiated all of our advanced life support, had that child in back of the ambulance and on their way to Phoenix Children’s under one minute," said Capt. Rob McDade with the Phoenix Fire Department. "In fact I think it was 42 seconds."
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Phoenix fire said the little girl was in extremely critical condition on the way to the hospital, but she died at the hospital.
Arizona's Family talked with a family friend who was at the family's home on Thursday. "They're upset and they want their privacy," she said.
Firefighters say it's possible Savanna may have pulled herself into the toilet.
A homicide unit from the Phoenix Police Department has been conducting interviews to figure out how it happened.
"There’s not any type of crime that I can confirm to you," police spokesman Luis Samudio said Wednesday afternoon. "It’s under investigation. We have to speak to the babysitter and her parents.”
Samudio said Savanna was originally reported to be 8 months old, but after further investigation, it was clarified that the baby was 11 months old.
Several people on the street where it happened literally gasped when they heard the news.
“I think we’re all used to hearing about pools and ‘watch your children around pools,’ but maybe not so much in the confines of your home," neighbor Ondrea Barber said.
"Have a heart of compassion and let the police do their part to investigate the situation," said another neighbor. "It's just a horrifying situation and nobody would ever want this to happen."
"Just know that we care and I'll pray for them," said another who feels for the 16-year-old girl and the parents. "I just can't imagine how hard it is to lose a child."
According to Phoenix fire officials, the parents were not at home at the time. Investigators have yet to figure out how long the baby was in the toilet.
Samudio said no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.