More details emerge after a five-year-old girl drowned at Flint Creek Water Park over the Memorial Day weekend.
The child, later identified as Brooklyn Moore, was visiting the area with her neighbor and several other children on May. 31, 2021.
Her mother, 22-year-old Dennisca Moore, told police she agreed to let her daughter visit the park with an older female neighbor who lives nearby the Moores in Pascagoula.
Around 6 p.m. that evening, the child was found floating face down in the swimming area, according to the police report.
First responders rushed to the scene and found the child unresponsive, without a pulse, according to Wiggins Fire Chief Jody Hatten. The responders from the Wiggins Fire Department, AMR EMTs, and paramedics performed CPR and advanced life support procedures on the child. She had a pulse upon transfer of care to the helicopter crew and she was airlifted around 6:30 p.m. to USA Medical Center in Mobile for treatment, according to officials.
She passed away early the next morning around 4 a.m.
According to the police report, the mother says she believes her child was pushed underwater.
It is possible for a small child to begin drowning in less than one minute and drowning can occur in as little as two inches of water, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Police Chief Jeff Thomas said no foul play is suspected at this time.
An average of 10 fatal drownings occurs each day or between 3,500 to 4,000 drownings per year in the United States, according to Stop Drowning Now. SDN is an organization dedicated to preventing accidental drowning.
For children, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 through 4 years old.
Thomas said the child’s death is still under investigation.