NORTH PORT, Fla. -- (WBBH) -- The Department of Children and Families is aiding in the investigation into the death of a 1-year-old girl found in a canal in North Port.
An autopsy confirmed that the girl, 20-month-old Ava Perry, died by drowning.
A report by the DCF said that the girl's mother had left the father in charge of Ava and their other child while she took a nap. When she woke up, she found the father asleep and the other child playing outside of an open sliding glass door.
Authorities said Ava was outside her home on Alam Avenue near South Biscayne Drive playing with her older sibling before her disappearance. The backyard in which they were playing is not fenced in, and she is able to walk.
Both parents tested positive for marijuana, but authorities on the scene did not suspect them to be under the influence.