Young girl found floating in Lufkin pool dies, 2 year old boy in fair condition

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - 20-month-old Amarie Rodriguez died around 5:00 p.m. Sunday evening after spending the last 24-hours in critical condition at Children's Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston.

Amarie and two-year-old Ayden Bentley were found floating in a private pool in the 2000 block of Allentown Loop in Lufkin Saturday morning, according to Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches.

Ayden's condition has been upgraded from critical condition to fair. Relatives and friends posted on the KTRE Facebook Page that he was moved to a regular room, ate a popsicle and was recognizing family.

Sanches said Caleb Bentley, who is Ayden's father, called 911 just before 11:00 a.m.

"The kids got out of their parents' sight and the Ayden's father, Caleb Bentley, discovered them," said Sanches. "It's undetermined how long the two children were in the pool."

Both children were taken to a local hospital then flown to Houston in critical condition.

The Angelina County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident as well as Child Protective Services.

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