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14-Year-Old Electrocuted In Bath By Charging Phone

Olivia Kingery | PopWrapped Author

Olivia Kingery

07/16/2017 1:48 pm
PopWrapped | Current Events
14-Year-Old Electrocuted In Bath By Charging Phone | electrocuted
Media Courtesy of CBS News

The family of a 14-year-old Texas girl are mourning her death after she was electrocuted Saturday night.

Madison Coe was taking a bath with her phone charging in a nearby electrical outlet when the phone either slipped in the water or she dropped the device while using it. 

Madison's grandmother, Donna O'Guinn, reached out with a comment regarding how "there was a burn mark on her hand, the hand that would have grabbed the phone. And that was just very obvious that that's what had happened." Donna described Madison as her "shining star" and said, "She was very smart, a very good student in school. She just loved life." 

KCBD reported a message from the officials of Terra Vista Middle School in Frenship ISD, where Madison had just graduated 8th grade. The school commented "It is with heavy hearts that Frenship ISD mourns the loss of Madison Coe. We wish to share our heartfelt sympathy with her family and friends as we carry the burden of this tragedy together."

Consumer Product Safety Commission spokesperson Patty Davis said the Commission is investigating the event. They are sending two investigators to the house to inspect the phone, plug, charger and outlet all of which were involved in the incident. 

A statement from police commented, “While initial evidence shows signs consistent with that of electrocution, no cause of death will be announced pending the conclusion of an investigation by the Lovington Police Department and determination of the cause and manner of death by the Officer of the Medical Investigator."

A Go-Fund me page has been set up by a family friend, where more than $11,000 has been raised towards the $20,000 goal. The page reads: 

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the loss of Madison Coe. Our hearts go out to her family during this difficult time. Madison was 14 years old when she was killed in the bath tub by electricity. She was a shining star and a light for all. Madison enjoyed helping others before she would help herself. My wife Crystal and I started this gofundme page with the permission of Zachary Coe (her father) and Felisha Owens (her step-mother) on July 10, 2017 with the intentions to assist the family with any costs they may endure during this time (i.e. medical, memorial, and time lost from work).

The Coe family are close family friends as well as a fellow firefighter. On behalf of Zachary and Felisha, I am personally working with them to ensure all their expenses are covered so they may worry about coping with the loss and not the money. All proceeds will be directly accessible to the family. Any support given would be greatly appreciated.


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