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Mother of Two Charged in Drowning Deaths

A 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.

Drowning Prevention

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.

Contact Goldstein & Hayes, P.C.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a drowning or a drowning-related incident, the experienced personal attorneys at Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. are here to help you with your case. Contact us today for a free consultation.