Missing toddler dies after being found in NSW river

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A toddler has died after being found unresponsive in a river on NSW's North Coast.

The 19-month-old girl was reported missing from a property on the Clarence River at Palmers Island at about 10:15am on Sunday, NSW Police said.

Emergency services were called to the home and officers searched the property and surrounding area.

The young girl was found unresponsive in the river roughly 20 minutes after they arrived, police said.

Officers performed CPR before the child was rushed to Maclean Hospital by paramedics. She was unable to be revived.

Clarence River where the toddler was found.
The toddler was reported missing from a property on the Clarence River at Palmers Island at about 10:15am on Sunday. Source: Google Maps

"An investigation has now commenced into the circumstances surrounding her death," NSW Police said.

"Those inquiries are continuing and a report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner."

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Toddler mauled behind mum's back in shocking beach attack

The news comes just weeks after a toddler's late-night stroll with her family almost turned deadly.

Earlier this month, terrifying footage was captured of the toddler playing in the sand at Huntington Beach, in the US, as a coyote pounced on her in a brutal attack.

The girl was thrown around by the animal for 12 seconds, Department of Fish and Wildlife Captain Patrick Foy revealed.

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