10-year-old girl in near drowning at hotel pool dies


The 10-year-old girl who nearly drowned in the pool at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel late Saturday evening has died.

The St. Johns County Sheriff's office identified the girl as Raven Malden of Pensacola.

According to the police report, when deputies arrived at the hotel shortly before midnight Saturday, CPR was being administered to Malden. St. Johns County Fire Rescue transported her to Baptist Medical Center Beaches where she was later transported by air to Wolfson Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

An autopsy will be performed by the 4th District Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the exact cause of death.

The investigation is continuing.