Drowning death called an accident

Thursday, May 10, 2012 12:30 PM
Last updated Thursday, May 24, 2012 2:09 PM
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AIKEN — The drowning death of a 2-year-old was ruled an accident after a father left the child unattended just long enough for her to climb into the family swimming pool Tuesday.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Calleigh Campbell was playing in the front yard with three other children at the home of her adoptive parents, Glen and Kathy Evans, on Modoc Lane near New Ellenton. Her father went inside to the bathroom, returned two or three minutes later and found Calleigh missing.

The father asked the other children whether they knew her whereabouts and when they did not, he immediately began searching, Carlton said. Evans first looked for her inside the house, then went outside.

According to Aiken County sheriff’s Capt. Troy Elwell, Calleigh was found in an above-ground pool that was not surrounded by a fence. Her father attempted CPR.

No charges will be filed, he said.

“Just a tragic accident,” Elwell said. “The father had been with the children and went inside for just a minute.”

The family had just prepared the pool for summertime use a few days earlier. They normally remove the ladder when not using the pool but had not done so Tuesday, Elwell said.

A 911 call was made about 6:30 p.m., Carlton said. The child was pronounced dead at 7:14 p.m. at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Calleigh was underwater for less than five minutes, and possibly as little as three minutes, Carlton said.

An autopsy has been completed, he said, but toxicology test results were still pending Thursday.

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allhans 05/10/12 - 01:39 pm
Poor little girl. What a

Poor little girl. What a shame.....
WE should have learned long ago that open backyard pools and children just don't mix..

wondersnevercease 05/10/12 - 02:30 pm
So sad..prayers for the

So sad..prayers for the family................

stillamazed 05/10/12 - 03:02 pm
Prayers to this child's

Prayers to this child's family, I know they must be devistated.

augusta citizen
augusta citizen 05/10/12 - 06:40 pm

So sad, I was worrying about some of my piddling problems, til I saw this earlier. My heart aches for her family, my problems are nothing. May the good Lord ease the grief of this family.

Willow Bailey
Willow Bailey 05/10/12 - 09:52 pm
May our Lord be with the

May our Lord be with the Campbell family. God bless baby Calleigh who is with her heavenly Father.

FireFighter29137 05/11/12 - 11:34 pm
Very Sad

I was visiting my mother at MCG in Augusta on May 8,2012 .We went outside and We saw the EMS pull up at the ER.As they opened up the back doors on the Ambulance I seen on the stretcher some little feet and I turned to tell my mother and my husband thats a baby.They were working with her trying their best to save her life .This was the most heartbreaking thing to see.Tears started rolling down my face.Later I found out the the little girl was coded.After my husband seen this he said he never wanted to go back to the hospital.I have an above ground pool but I also have a fence up around it where noone can get in the back yard unless we back there.My pool ladder stays up at all time when no one is swimming.I have to littles ones my self ages 3 yrs and 11mnths.My heart goes out to this beautiful little girl and her family...:'(...RIP Calleigh Campbell... Gone But Not Forgotten...Ur Little Heart and Soul Is Truely Being Missed By Ur Family

Really_Really 05/11/12 - 07:24 am
Breaks My Heart

My sympathies go out to this little girls family and friends. I know first-hand what these parents are going through. I almost lost my son when he was 16 years old. He was with his father on vacation down in Key West. My 16 year old son and 15 year old son were at the pool while their father and step mother were still in the hotel room. My oldest was playing "how long can I hold my breath" game. Well, next thing you know, my 15 year old notices my son laying at the bottom of the pool, so he pulled him out of the water-he wasn't breathing. Someone came over and did CPR (we don't know who-thinking definately an angel) while my middle son ran to get his dad. By the time they both got back to the pool, my son 16 year old son was breathing, but having seziures and throwing up blood. The ambulance took him to the local hospital but it was not prepared to handle this type of drowning, so my son was med-evac'd to Miami Childrens Hospital. My son is alive today, leading a normal happy and healthy life. He has graduated high school, has a great career and married last December.

This family will never know this reality, and that saddens me even more. God Bless them in this time of sorrow.

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