A TODDLER who went missing from her home after wandering off has been found dead in a nearby lake hours later.
Two-year-old Lori Thermidor left her Florida home Friday in the area of Redwood Point Drive and Stallion Fields Way wearing a pink polka dot pajama onesie.
Her father realized his daughter was missing within minutes and went out to search for her but couldn’t find her, the Tampa Police Department said.
After calling police, a wide-scale search began around 3:40pm where officers were joined by dozens of volunteers, two bloodhounds and a police helicopter.
Divers were also sent to search a lake near the home where the toddler was eventually found dead before 8:30pm that evening.
Police suspect the little girl may have walked into the woods across the street.
“Sadly, the child was found in the lake deceased,” police said in a statement.
The tragedy in Florida comes after a dad was accused of letting his toddler drown in a river while he was allegedly drinking with friends near Hartford, Vermont.
Isaac McEwan, 21, claims that he took his eye off 18-month-old Heaven for less than a minute before he spotted her floating face down in the White River.
Another toddler tragically died in a bath tub after his parents abandoned him to go shopping for two hours, leaving him in the care of his four and nine-year-old siblings.
Sabina Pierre Louis, 25, and Eddy Louis, 54, initially insisted to cops the death happened while they were at their home in Minnesota, USA.
However, CCTV footage caught them shopping at several local supermarkets for a shocking two hours while their kids were home alone.
They returned home to the horrific scene of their 21-month-old dead in the bath tub, while his four-year-old sister sat in the bathroom with him.
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