Woman Charged After Two Children Nearly Drown
Posted June 29, 2006
RALEIGH, N.C. — A 6-year-old boy and his 7-year-old sister were pulled from a North Raleigh pool Wednesday afternoon. Bystander Heather Heatherly called 911.
"They didn't have a heartbeat, it was crazy," said Heatherly.
While a team of good Samaritans at the Long Lake Community Pool worked to revive the children, the 18-year-old woman responsible for watching the kids was nowhere to be found.
"She left when we were working on the children," said Heatherly. "I looked up and I could not find her anywhere."
With instruction from the 911 operator, Heatherly and the others were able to save the kids. They were taken to WakeMed as a precaution.
"Anytime there's someone who is entrusted with the care of a juvenile, with that comes the responsibility," said Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue.
Raleigh police charged the young caretaker, Tahiri Mbi Tanyi, with two counts of misdemeanor child neglect. They also offered a warning to prevent future incidents.
"It doesn't take much water or much time for a child to drown," said Sughrue.
Heatherly couldn't help but fear for her own children in a similar position.
"i could not get that little girls face out of my head, saying, 'Am I going to die?'" she said.
WRAL tried to contact Tanyi, but were unable to get in touch with her.