Toddler fighting for life after being pulled from park pond

A toddler is fighting for life in hospital after she was pulled unresponsive from a pond at a park in Melbourne’s inner-west.

Emergency services were called to Footscray Park at Maribyrnong Boulevard, Footscray, about 8pm on Monday following reports the two-year-old girl was found in the water, about 20 metres behind a gated playground.

Paramedics treated the girl at the scene before she was taken to the Royal Children’s Hospital, where she remained in a critical condition on Tuesday morning.

Victoria Police said they were investigating the circumstances of the incident, but they did not believe it was suspicious.

Another three-year-old girl died in hospital in July this year, five days after she was found unresponsive in a pond south of the main adventure playground at Footscray Park on June 30.

Victoria Police appealed in November for witnesses to the drowning to come forward.

They were not treating the girl’s death as suspicious, but investigators wanted to speak to a woman who might have seen the child leaving the playground between 2.30pm and 2.45pm on June 30.

Police said the drowned girl had dark hair and was wearing a khaki jacket at the time.

Footscray Park is a popular picnic and play spot for families and is located on the south bank of the Maribyrnong River.

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