Monroeville girl, 7, drowns in neighbor's pool

MONROEVILLE - Police are attempting to determine a more exact timeline between the disappearance and drowning of a 7-year-old Monroeville girl Saturday. Huron County Deputy Coroner Dr. Glenn Trippe pronounced Raeann E. Linn, of 85 Baker St., dead at 12:05 p.m. after a firefighter found her floating in a neighbor's swimming pool. About an hour and 10 minutes earlier, police said the girl's mother, Kelly Burrows, called saying she couldn't find her daughter.
Cary Ashby
Jul 25, 2010

 

MONROEVILLE - Police are attempting to determine a more exact timeline between the disappearance and drowning of a 7-year-old Monroeville girl Saturday.

Huron County Deputy Coroner Dr. Glenn Trippe pronounced Raeann E. Linn, of 85 Baker St., dead at 12:05 p.m. after a firefighter found her floating in a neighbor's swimming pool. About an hour and 10 minutes earlier, police said the girl's mother, Kelly Burrows, called saying she couldn't find her daughter.

"The (deputy) coroner believes she was in the water for quite some time," Monroeville Police Chief Mike Ruggles said Sunday.

Trippe is out of town and couldn't be reached for comment. A number listed for Burrows was disconnected or no longer in service as of this morning.

Officer Wallace Johnson's investigation initially has determined Burrows took some cold medication about 8:30 a.m. and in her words, "dozed on and off" on the couch. Before calling the police, Burrows looked for her daughter, but was unable to find her.

"One of the other children said she (Raeann) had gone outside. This is when she (Burrows) called Monroeville PD," Ruggles wrote. "It appears Raeann crawled over the fence to gain access to the pool (at 89 Baker St.), as the gates were secure. The pool is surrounded by the house and a deck all with fencing."

Ruggles said one gate was secured with a lock and the other with a bunjee cord. He explained there is a "slot" in the fence where the girl probably climbed.

"The firefighters had to (climb it) as well when they found her," Ruggles added. "A 7-year-old child wouldn't have been able to open the gate."

Johnson responded to Burrows' home at 11 a.m. Three minutes later, he requested the assistance of the Huron River Joint Fire District. Off-duty police officers also responded.

At 11:18 a.m., firefighter Tom Smith found the missing girl floating in a pool and retrieved her. Ruggles said firefighters, North Central EMS workers and one of the pool owners, who is a nurse, performed CPR until the girl was transported to Fisher-Titus Medical Center at 11:32 a.m.

Police still have to talk to Burrows as part of their investigation. Ruggles said the mother was distraught and "surrounded by family members" at the hospital Saturday, so that wasn't a good time to interview her.

"We don't have any reason to believe anything (illegal or suspicious) happened, but we still need to speak to her," he said. "She's the last one to see her (daughter) alive."

Ruggles said the pool owners took all the necessary precautions. He mentioned that if they had built a 15-foot fence or wall, somebody could have climbed it if they were determined to reach the pool.

Police also want to know if it was common for the girl, who is autistic, to go to the neighbor's pool.

"Unfortunately, nobody saw her do it," Ruggles said about Raeann climbing the fence. "The lady who owns the pool was even home."

Comments

babyboomer

OMG!!! One of the worst case scenarios for a parent!! My heart and prayers go out to the mother and family that they will recover from this awful tragedy.

bullybully

pjkjl

The Truth Hurts

How very sad for all involved. I will pray that they find peace.

wilburcat

something just doesn't sound right with this story. where were the parents when this child was free to roam into a neighbors yard? will charges be brought up against the parent(s)? i hope so. how very sad that a child life is over because she was unsupervised.

swiss family

what do you mean, where were the parents?? the article says that the Mom took some cold medication, and slept on and off on the couch for hours!!!
i would really be careful before i said something like that , where you are casting doubt at the parents.. without any proof to back it up...unless you think that you have some proof of wrong doing on their part, then tell us all.. but if you are just casting suspicion , on assumed innocent parents, please stop it

justathought2

wilburcat, How dare you judge these parents. I pray the day never comes that you have to live with the pain that this family will endure for years.

LBJim

Yeah Swiss and justathought we all know that everything people say is 100% truthful all the time *rolls eyes* I'm saddened for the family for the loss of their little girl but i agree with wilbur this story seems a little fishy.

Doxie

Do any of you have autistic children? Or a time when you were so sick you need medication to function....what seems fishy to me is that in this world today we jump right to the worst possible answer. She was autistic, he mother had a cold...do you think for one day this mother is no going to regert doozing off. How old are the other children why didn't they prevent their sibling whom they know is autisitic from leaving the house while their Mother was trying to get some rest...I don't know anymore than any of you do but from what I read this is just a horrible accident...so please don't start the witch hunt...it's very sad she is gone but you don't need to drag her parents in the mud when you don't know ANYTHING!

DEAR ABBE

I agree with Doxie, Mom's are allowed to get sick every now and then. It's going to happen. I am very saddened to hear of her untimely death, but please don't lay the blame at the mother's feet.
May God be with this family and their friends in their time of grief.

fruitypebbles

the article states that the girl was autistic. do you have any idea of the stresses and difficulties of raising a child with autisim? all it takes is a moment for a child like this to wander away. It is exhausing on a parent and to judge this mother is inexcusable. Everyone has something to say AFTER the tragedy.... but I wonder if anyone offered any help or respite to this family along the way to prevent the tragedy. As a single mother of two special needs children with no help or family support, my heart bleeds for the family. She will be 'punished' her whole life for being sick and taking a nap. Some people are so self-righteous. Try walking a mile in her shoes. I bet you couldn't make it 10 steps.

The Truth Hurts

I completely agree with sparkling diamond. It's a shame that some of you are so ignorant. Makes me sad to know that there are people like you in this world living and breathing when innocent people like this little girl are no longer. Wake up, smell the coffee, get off your high horses.

just plain disgusted

For the ones leaving the nasty comments; What comes around goes around. There is not always some conspiracy behind everything. Didn't your mothers ever teach you "if you don't have something nice to say don't say anything"? Besides who died and left you the judge and the jury and entitled you to judge anyone? Have a heart and show some sympathy this mother will never get over this and I am sure punish herself the rest of her life for getting sick and falling asleep. What the article doesn't say is if the twin or any of the other kids are special needs also. I am sure she was exhausted especially with 4 kids.

LBJim

I don't think we said anything horrible, we just said the story sounds fishy. What is so horrible and demeaning about that? Some of YOU need to get off your high horses and take a lesson on not taking things out of context. You guys need to calm down, take a friggin chill pill.

Doxie

"where were the parents when this child was free to roam into a neighbors yard? will charges be brought up against the parent(s)? i hope so."

No this doesn't sound demeaning in ANY way..

fruitypebbles

doxie -- consider the source

LBJim

Ahh my bad i didn't see that, my apologies.

rerussell74

This was a terrible, tragic accident and a beautiful little girl was lost. But in this day and age, too many people are ready to rush to judgment and lay the blame on someone.

As much as we try, nobody can watch their children every second; we just pray that their guardian angel will be there for them. Sometimes it doesn't happen that way. My sincere sympathies to the family.

skyemommy

baby sitters are required to watch children at all times, not even supposed to use the restroom if you are watching children. Unfortunately, as a parent this is hard. I feel for the family, but an autistic child should not have been left unattended. I for one am going to learn from this as a young mother, and NEVER EVER take cold medicine if my kids are home.

The Truth Hurts

Skyemommy, I can tell you are indeed a young mommy. As a mother of 5 (youngest are twins) I know that not one single parent out their has their child in view 24hrs a day. I have never heard that babysitters can't relieve themselves. What are they supposed to do, pee themselves? That makes no sense and am willing to bet it's untrue. Parents get sick (trust me, it's no fun to be miserable while taking care of children), and parents need sleep to function. Instead of being judgemental, hug your baby a little tighter and pray that you never suffer like this family is.

rerussell74

skyemommy - Trust me, you will develop "Mommy Ears" that will be be tuned to anything your little one will do. You'll also develop eyes in the back of your head. I'm sure that The Truth has developed these to a very high level with five children.

Daddys can develop these senses, too.

Unfortunately, even these heightened senses aren't enough sometimes and that's where the guardian angels come in. I agree, hug your children tight, bless them every night and pray for their safety.

cddlydrgn@aim.com

It's horrible that when a tragedy like this happens some of you are just out to blame someone. I appreciate everyone that has stuck up for the family. I personally know the family, and saw them at the hospital. As the article said, the mom was distraught at the hospital and it would be nice if the community was there to offer support not judgement. I am a mother of three and I know that you can't always watch them every second. Almost every mother has had a time where they have dozed off when you were sick, or lost track of one of them in a store. Luckily 99% of the time when these things happen, everything turned out just fine. Unfortunatly, this time it didn't and all some of you can think of is to cast the blame on someone. I personally feel really sorry for this family and have been taking donations to try to help with funeral costs. Please before you post a comment, think of how you would want to be treated if a horrible thing like this ever happened to your family.

bonniejankin

I HAVE THREE YOUNG ONES MYSELF, AND I DO AGREE WITH CDDLY ON THAT. IT IS HARD SOMETIMES AND THAT IS MY BIGGEST FEAR. LOSING A CHILD HAS TO BE THE MOST HARDEST, UNBEARABLE THING IN THE WORLD. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY. I WILL PRAY FOR THE FAMILY AND I HOPE ALL OF YOU OUT THERE WHO READ THIS WILL ALSO. GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS.

bonniejankin

i can only imagine what having an autistic child is like. my kids are hyper but not autistic and i have a hard time keeping track of all three.

linkinparkfreak40

we thought that my baby brother was autistic, my heart cries for this family... it's difficult to lose someone, especially when that someone didn't even have that long of a life... wilburcat, you need to understand that this woman will live with the guilt of being sick her ENTIRE life... she will probably have to go through therapy to help her to cope and understand that in NO way was she responsible for her daughter's untimely and tragic death. you are a heartless, uncaring person... i don't wish pain on anyone but you i think i could surpass those feelings for....

linkinparkfreak40

sorry didn't finish typing before i hit enter.. wilburcat, i could surpass my feelings of not wishing hurt on anyone for you....