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Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 12:22 pm | Updated: 4:45 pm, Thu Aug 11, 2011.

The 8-month-old baby who showed no signs of brain function after being found face down in a bathtub in a San Tan Valley home died Thursday morning, said Elias Johnson, a Pinal County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Chevelle Shettler died after doctors removed her breathing tube at 11:30 a.m. She never showed any sign of brain function.

The mother, Patricia Schettler, said she was giving the baby girl a bath Wednesday and turned to grab a towel. When she turned back around, the infant was floating face down in the tub, according to the press release. The baby was not breathing and had turned a blue color, the release said.

The mother took the baby to a neighbor's house; the neighbor then called 911 and administered CPR.

Paramedics administered aggressive CPR on Chevelle and she was rushed by ambulance to the Banner Ironwood Medical Center shortly before noon, said Mark Cichocki, a Rural Metro Fire Department spokesman. The paramedics were unable to find a pulse.

A faint pulse was established at the hospital, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office. From there, she was flown by helicopter to Cardon Children's Medical Center in Mesa.

It is not known how long the baby was submerged. A toddler-aged sibling was in another room of the house during the incident. Her father was at work in Florence.

"Please watch kids around water," Cichocki urged.

The death is currently under investigation by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, Johnson said.

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