Toddler Nevaeh Fugate Drowns In Nine Inches Of Water After Dog Knocked Her Into Kiddie Pool At Louisiana Home - As Police Investigate Grandfather Who Was Babysitting Her And Sister, Aged 4!
2023/07/26

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A one-year-old girl named Nevaeh Fugate drowned in a kiddie pool in her backyard in Louisiana. Nevaeh and her four-year-old sister were playing outside when a dog knocked Nevaeh into the pool. The pool had been mostly drained, but there was still nine inches of water at the bottom. Nevaeh's grandfather, who was supposed to be watching the children, may face negligent homicide charges.

The incident occurred on Thursday night, and the police received a call about a drowning at around 8:15 pm. When they arrived, the four-year-old sister explained what had happened. Nevaeh was pulled out of the pool with a pulse, but she later died.

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An investigation into her death is ongoing, including interviews with the four-year-old witness and a toxicology report from the adult. The largest charge that may be brought against the grandfather is negligent homicide, which carries a zero to five-year penalty. Nevaeh's mother, Sandra Fugate, is struggling to raise money for her daughter's funeral. A GoFundMe page was created to help with the costs, and it has raised over $2,000 as of Tuesday evening.

Sandra expressed her grief on Facebook, questioning why such a tragedy occurred and expressing her deep sorrow.

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She also apologized to her daughter and shared her struggle to be strong for her other children. Another drowning incident involving a seven-year-old boy occurred in Slidell, Louisiana, just two days after Nevaeh's death. Details about that case are limited, but the coroner stated that the boy was temporarily unattended. Officials and doctors are reminding parents to keep a close watch on their children around water, even in shallow areas, as drownings can happen anywhere. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children under four, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports an average of 11 drownings per day in the United States. These incidents serve as a tragic reminder of the importance of water safety.

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