Raleigh police: Girl's drowning death was an accident

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comJuly 9, 2013 

— Police are treating the death of a 6-year-old girl in her home Monday evening as an accidental drowning, but an autopsy will be needed to determine how she died.

Betsy Younce called 911 at about 6:45 p.m. to report that her daughter, Brianna, was drowning. Younce had found the child in a bathtub inside their home in the 2700 block of Barmettler Street, said Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue.

Police have not released details about the incident, but Sughrue said Tuesday that foul play was not a factor, nor were there signs of neglect. He said police will wait for a medical examiner to confirm how Brianna died.

Police released a recording of Younce’s anguished call to 911 for help.

“Oh my God!” she screamed to the 911 dispatcher. “My child is drowning!”

Brianna was lying on a carpeted floor during the 911 call. The 911 dispatcher instructed Younce in how to perform CPR and chest compressions to try to revive her daughter, but it was too late. Brianna was later pronounced dead at WakeMed, police said.

Brianna, who finished kindergarten at Fred A. Olds Elementary School last month, is survived by her mother, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. A service to celebrate her life will be held Thursday at the United Church of Chapel Hill.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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