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TODDLER BECOMES 15TH DROWNING VICTIM OF '01

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July 7, 2001

A west Phoenix toddler who fell in her family's swimming pool July 4 died Friday afternoon.

Tara Smith, 1, became the 15th drowning victim this year in Phoenix, the ninth involving a child younger than 5. She fell in the pool Wednesday night after slipping away from her parents around 9 p.m. They told firefighters she was missing for "just a couple of minutes," said Capt. Doug Mummert of the Phoenix Fire Department.

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