Barnwell County's tragic Labor Day weekend; Two-year-old child drowns in relatives pool
The Labor Day holiday weekend turned tragic Sunday afternoon as a child lost her life.
Just after 6 p.m., Niasia Washington, 2, drowned in a relative's above ground pool on St. John Road, Barnwell County Coroner Lloyd Ward said.
"The child climbed up the steps (of the pool) and fell in," Ward said.
According to Barnwell County dispatchers and Williston Rescue Squad transmissions during that time, a rescue squad was dispatched around 6:10 p.m. to St. John Road for a possible drowning. Kline Fire Department first responders were also called to the scene. Dispatchers notified EMS and first responders that CPR was in progress.
At 6:32 p.m., the first rescue squad arrived at the residence. Within nine minutes, the rescue squad began transporting the child to the hospital.
Washington was pronounced dead at Southern Palmetto Hospital (Barnwell) at 7:14 p.m., Ward said.
An autopsy, as required by law, will be performed in the coming days, he said.
Ward said at this time, he did not suspect any criminal charges would be filed. Barnwell County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.
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