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A 1-year-old girl drowned in a bathtub on Detroit’s east side early Wednesday morning, police said.

The drowning took place at a home on the 10700 block of Balfour, which is north of Interstate 94 and east of Chalmers.

The child’s mother, 30, told police she had just worked a 12-hour shift and fell asleep on the couch. She was awoken by her 4-year-old daughter, who needed assistance after wetting herself. The mother ran water in the bathtub and washed off the older child. She then drifted back off into sleep, according to police.

The mother told police the 4-year-old woke her up again, but this time in a panic: Her 1-year-old sister was in filled bathtub, unresponsive. This was about 12:45 a.m.

The children's mother called 911 and an ambulance took the toddler to St. John Hospital. But the infant died just before 3 a.m.

Police are investigating the drowning, said Michael Woody, director of media relations for the Detroit Police Department.

jdickson@detroitnews.com

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