8-Year-Old Girl Dies After Being Pulled From Rockville Pool

Police are still investigating

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    An 8-year-old girl died suddenly after visiting a Rockville swimming pool Tuesday afternoon, Montgomery County police say.

    Stephanie Benitez of Gunther Avenue died after swimming in the pool at the Rockville Swim Center at 335 Martins Lane.

    Police say she may have drowned, but the investigation is still underway.

    According to investigators, Benitez jumped from the diving board into the deep end of the pool, then swam toward the ladder to get out. Witnesses told police that she appeared not to have enough energy to pull herself out of the pool and began making "unusual movements."

    Lifeguards were able to pull her out of the pool, but she was unconscious and unresponsive. She was flown to the hospital, but was pronounced dead later that night.

    The cause of death will be determined by an autopsy.