Thursday, June 4, 2009

Toddler Drowns in Backyard Pool

A tragic accident. That's how the Putnam County sheriff's department describes an incident Wednesday night in which a one-and-a-half year old child drowned in a backyard swimming pool in Baxter. Chief Deputy Jacky Farley identified the victim as Katie Beth Maynard of Hillrose Road. He says she apparently wandered outside about eight o'clock last night and somehow fell into the pool. A short time later, the child's mother noticed her missing and went looking for her, finding her unresponsive in the pool. Officers from the sheriff's department and the county emergency medical services attempted to revive the girl, as did doctors at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, but she was pronounced dead at the hospital.