4-year-old drowns at apartment pool in Clarkston

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CLARKSTON, Ga. - Police are investigating after a 4-year-old girl died in a pool accident in an apartment complex.

Channel 2's Liz Artz spoke with the aunt of Bui-Num, described as a sweet, happy-go-lucky girl.

The aunt told Artz off-camera that Bui-Num was playing with a friend around the Southern Place Apartments Saturday when she fell into the complex's rundown pool, which was partially filled with water. The other child, she said, ran for help.

"They recovered the child from the pool (and) rushed her immediately to Egleston," said Clarkston Police Detective Tre Lewis.

It's not clear exactly what happened, but one witness told Artz that Bui-Num was reaching for something when she fell into the water.

"The kids were playing around the pool," Lewis said.

Lewis said the investigation is ongoing and he was just starting to gather all the facts Saturday evening. At this point, he is not sure if the complex will be liable in any way.

"I can't tell you what charge I could apply to that particular situation," he said.

There is a sign on the pool gate stating the pool is closed, but when Channel 2 Action News arrived the gate was open and unlocked. A padlock was lying on the ground next to the gate. It's unclear if the 4-year-old knew how to read yet.

Artz was told the complex has been under new management since July and has not had a chance to make all the repairs. Artz tried calling the property manager, but she has not heard back.

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