A young Sydney couple experienced every parent’s worst nightmare on Sunday.
Holly and Craig Dunn’s 20-month-old daughter, Aria, tragically drowned in a swimming pool in the backyard of their home.
It is believed Aria snuck away from her parents who were inside their Thunderbolt Drive property in Ruby, Sydney’s southwest, and managed to enter the pool area, which was gated.
Aria’s father found her unresponsive in the pool at approximately 4.15pm. She was rushed to Campbelltown Hospital, but pronounced dead a short time later.
In the wake of the devastating accident, authorities are urging parents - in particular pool owners - to be vigilant when supervising children around water.
Police say that the tragedy must serve as a reminder that pools present life-threatening dangers to babies, toddlers, and children who cannot swim.
The tragic drowning comes after a 22-month-old Castle Hill boy was pulled from his backyard pool unconscious and airlifted to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead where he remains today.
The Daily Mail has reported the toddler is fighting for his life, but due to privacy restrictions, his current condition is unknown.