Drowning death called an accident

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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