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Toddler drowns in Clinton swimming pool

Posted August 31, 2009

— A 19-month-old girl died Sunday after falling into an above-ground pool at a Sampson County home, authorities said.

Ashley Marie Deetz dropped her daughter, Haley Nicole Jones, off at a friend's house on Boykin Bridge Road Sunday afternoon, authorities said. The friend, Kathryn Highsmith, was looking after several children and noticed Haley had wandered off, authorities said.

Highsmith searched the house for Haley and found her floating in the above-ground pool beside her house, authorities said. She pulled her out and called paramedics while a neighbor started trying to revive the toddler, authorities said.

Haley was was pronounced dead at Sampson Regional Medical Center, authorities said.

The Sampson County Sheriff’s Office and the Sampson County Department of Social Services are investigating the incident.C


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  • cap4dogs Sep 1, 2009

    Amen Momee, there was a story earlier in the week that told of a child being impaled on a fence trying to get to a swimming pool. Children always have and always will love water. Instead of pointing blame, pray for all concerned because the sitter already has alot to live with.

  • momee Aug 31, 2009

    We have an above ground pool and my daughter jumped in at 2yrs old! We were outside but with everybody laughing and such we never heard a word. Until... we turned around and she was floating on the bottom. We got her out and she was tired and overwhelmed but in good shape. It scared me to death.. So I feel for this mom. I could not imagine losing my child.
    And sometimes not even a fence can keep a curious child out... It sure didn't in my case. So before pointing fingers to charge the babysitter.. Just know that you could be in her shoes right now having to deal with what happened while the child was in her care.

  • BIGDAWGShouse Aug 31, 2009

    sad, sad, sad

  • Empress Willow Aug 31, 2009

    why didnt they have a fence around the pool with little ones around? time to charge the babysitter with neglect

  • mommy2just1 Aug 31, 2009

    Oh, this breaks my heart. This is every parent's worst nightmare. It must have been the worst phone call ever to receive. I can't even imagine. I am so sorry that this happened and can't imagine the heartbreak of all involved. May you find peace and love in your heart as you try to move forward.