Child drowns in canal
By Julie Snyder
Posted June 15, 2017
HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Detectives with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the drowning death of a 19-month-old girl in Harrison Township June 14.
According to Public Information Officer Renee Yax, emergency personnel were called to the 38000 block of Mallast Street at approximately 7:15 p.m. in response to a baby not breathing.
Yax indicates that the 911 call was made by a neighbor of the victim’s family.
When deputies arrived, they observed the child not breathing and attempted CPR. She was then transported to McLaren Macomb hospital in Mount Clemens where she was pronounced dead.
Deputies spoke to witnesses, as well as the child’s parents, who stated that they were having a barbecue when they noticed the child was not inside the house with the other small children. They began searching for the child, at which time she was found in the canal directly behind the home, the report states.
The child was pulled from the water, but could not be revived.
The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident, Yax reports.
About the author
Staff Writer Julie Snyder covers Harrison Township, Mount Clemens, Macomb County, L’Anse Creuse Public Schools, and Mount Clemens Community Schools for the Journal. She has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2003, and attended the University of Toledo with degrees in journalism and photography. Julie has received several awards for her work in Arizona and Washington, including AP awards in Arizona for breaking news reporting and feature writing.
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