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Alaska troopers: Girl drowns in bucket of water

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska State Troopers say a 1-year-old girl has drowned in a bucket of water at her family's home in the western Alaska village of Kotlik.

The girl was pronounced dead at the village clinic shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday after CPR efforts failed.

Troopers say the girl fell into a half-full 5-gallon bucket of water being used to wash hands at the home, which has no running water.

Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen says the girl's mother and two siblings were home with the child at the time. Ipsen says the girl spoke with the mother 10 minutes before being found in the bucket by a sibling.

The state medical examiner's office will perform an autopsy.

Ipsen says foul play is not suspected in the death.

The name of the child was not immediately released.

Kotlik is located 165 miles northwest of Bethel.

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