mother is currently under investigation and is being charged in the drowning deaths of her two children.
The drowning deaths are currently being investigated by detectives in
the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department. The drownings took
place in a residence on the 600 block of West 59th Street. Metro police
responded to the residence at 12:38pm after Jokeera Morgan, age 26, dialed
911, stating that she had 'drowned her two daughters.' The children
were ages 18 months and 8 months. Morgan is also the mother of two other
children who were not present at the time of the incident.
The officers that responded immediately entered the residence and began
to perform CPR. The children were then transported by ambulance to Memorial
University Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead. Morgan was
arrested by the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department and has
been charged with two counts of murder. The investigation is currently
ongoing, says the SCMPD, and is being supported by the Division of Family
and Children Services as well as the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office.
Drowning Remain a Leading Cause of Death for Children
While the above tragedy appears to be a case of a tragic, intentional act
by a mother, accidental drowning remains among the leading causes of death
in children, and age is one of the biggest risk factors for drowning.
This relationship can often be associated with a lapse in supervision.
The highest rate of drowning are among children ages 1-4 followed by children
ages 5-9. In the United States, drowning is the second leading cause of
unintentional injury and death in children aged 1-14 years. Between 2011-2013,
the annual average number of drownings deaths in pools and spas of children
ages 0-14 was 390. Males in general are especially at risk of drowning,
with twice the overall mortality rate of females. They are also more likely
to be hospitalized than females for non-fatal drowning. Studies suggest
that the higher drowning rates among males may be due to increased risky
behavior such as swimming alone, drinking alcohol before swimming alone,
and boating, as well as an increased exposure to water.
There are many ways to prevent drownings, especially of children. Proper
supervision of children near pools and bodies of water is critical to
drowning prevention. Installing barriers such as covering wells, using
doorways and playpens, fencing swimming pools to control access to water
hazards, as well as removing water hazards entirely are all easy ways
to reduce water hazard exposure and risk. Additionally, community based,
supervised childcare for preschool-aged children can also reduce drowning
risks. A critical tool in drowning prevention is the teaching of school-aged
children basic swimming and water safety skills.
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