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Published on April 22, 2024
Community Mourns as Toddler Found Drowned in LaGrange Apartment Pool, Investigation UnderwaySource: Google Street View

A grim search for a missing two-year-old in LaGrange, Georgia, ended in heartache after the child was found drowned in an apartment complex pool. The LaGrange Police Department received a distressing call around 8:30 p.m. Sunday evening regarding the disappearance of the young girl at the Cameron Crossing Apartments on Meadow Terrace.

Family members, thrown into panic, notified the officers that the child, along with her four-year-old sibling, had left their home unattended—a fact noticed only when it was already too late. The four-year-old was found alone wandering the parking lot by another resident, according to FOX 5 Atlanta, but the two-year-old sister had vanished.

A community turned its hope to desperation, joining the emergent search alongside local police and fire personnel. The toddler was ultimately discovered unresponsive in the swimming pool of the complex. She was swiftly transported to WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, where the grim finality was pronounced—she was dead, as WSB-TV reported.

In the pool's vicinity, FOX 5 cameras captured footage of a padlocked gate on Monday, stirring questions about whether such security measures were in place at the time the children slipped away unnoticed. The locked gate they saw was meant to thwart just such tragedies, ensuring the safety of the young and vulnerable who reside within the complex's embrace.

Amidst the mourning, LaGrange Police continue their investigation into this tremendously tragic event, requesting anyone with pertinent information reach out to them or to Troup County Crime Stoppers. As the community grapples with the sorrow, calls for prevention and vigilance ripple amidst apartment dwellers, a sobering reminder of how swiftly joy can give way to the deepest of losses.