News Release: Wakulla County Sheriff's Office
July 14, 2014
CRAWFORDVILLE, Fla. -- A four-year-old child from Prentiss, MS drowned in a Crawfordville swimming pool on Friday, according to Sheriff Charlie Creel.
The child was visiting with relatives when a family member observed her motionless body in the deep end of the swimming pool at a residence on Spring Creek Highway.
Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene along with Wakulla Fire Rescue and Wakulla EMS. The emergency responders arrived at the home to see the guardians performing CPR on the child.
Wakulla EMS and Fire Rescue transported her to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where she was later declared deceased.
WCSO investigators determined that a large family gathering was taking place at the home. Members of the families were inside the home when another child observed the victim in the pool.
Investigators determined that the child may have slipped into the pool while reaching for an item floating in the water. The child was last seen inside the home. It is unknown how the child made it outside.
An autopsy was conducted on Saturday and the Medical Examiner’s preliminary determination is consistent with accidental drowning.
Sheriff Creel said it is always difficult for law enforcement to investigate accidental deaths, but it is particularly difficult to investigate one when it involves the death of a young child.
No criminal charges were filed.
The case investigation remains open pending the final autopsy report.