PELAHATCHIE, Miss. (WJTV) – A family enjoying time at the Yogi-Bear’s Jellystone Park in Pelahatchie left devastated after their child was found dead in the bottom of the park’s swimming pool.
The call came out a little after 3:00 p.m. when a park employee discovered the child underwater and unresponsive. Pelahatchie Police, Rankin County Deputies, and Pafford Paramedics responded.
“One of my officers happens to be a fireman as well so he’s a paramedic,” Pelahatchie Police Chief Joseph Daughtry continued. “When they arrived on scene they started chest compressions and CPR immediately on the child. There was also a nurse that was there visiting her family that started as well.”
Neither police nor a park spokesman could confirm if any lifeguards were on duty or if the pool is a swim at your own risk area.
“Slow down and be attentive to our children as well as other people’s children,” Chief Daughtry added. “We need to go back to this country to the old village mentality and look out for other people’s children as well.”
The little girl was visiting the park from out of state with her mother and her mother’s boyfriend. She was rushed to Merit Health in Brandon but doctors were unable to revive her.
“She’s just a beautiful little girl and it broke a lot of officers,” Chief Daughtry said. “Fireman, paramedics, it broke a lot of hearts today.”
The specific cause of death for the five-year-old girl will be determined after an autopsy.
This afternoon a young camper very sadly drowned in our swimming pool. We are assisting the family and we ask that everyone keep them in their thoughts, as are we. To protect the family’s privacy, we are not releasing their name. Safety is always our priority and we are cooperating with the local authorities as they work to determine what happened. We want to thank the many first responders for their fast and professional response and actions. The entire Jellystone Park family extends our deepest sympathies to the family and to everyone affected by this tragic event.Yogi Bear Jellystone Park Camp Resort
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