10-year-old girl drowned in pond near her home
COVINGTON - Authorities found a 10-year-old girl with special needs five hours after she disappeared around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Avani Cook was found by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's deputies in a pond near her home.
Deputies said Avani was playing outside with her dog when she went missing. Her mother was supervising but stepped inside for a moment. When the mother came back outside, Avani was gone.
Deputies believe Avani walked into the pond and got in before drowning in it.
Avani was non-verbal and suffered from medical conditions that may have inhibited her ability to get around.
The investigation is ongoing, but deputies believe it was just a tragic accident.
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