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PCSO Investigating Child Drowning Case
Posted: 12/24/2012 12:00 AM
On Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 1:34 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from
William Miller (age 26, San Tan Valley) indicating his 4 month old baby had possibly drowned. Deputies
responded to the 4800 block of East Whitehall Drive, San Tan Valley.
The first deputy arrived on the scene within a few minutes and relieved William from doing CPR on the child.
The deputy and a sergeant who was on scene continued providing the child CPR until medics arrived. The
child was provided additional medical treatment and then transported by air ambulance to Cardon Children’s
Hospital in Mesa where she was later pronounced deceased.
William told deputies he had put his 1 ½ year old child down for a nap. He was then giving his 4 month old
daughter Georgia a bath. Georgia was put into a child bath seat inside of the tub. A few inches of water was
put into the tub. While giving Georgia the bath, the 1 ½ year got out of bed and came into the bathroom.
William left Georgia alone for approximately 90 seconds and put the 1 ½ back into bed. When William
returned, he found Georgia was face down in the water.
Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “We can only imagine how incredibly painful it must be to lose a child and it’s
magnified around Christmas. Too often we hear about parents leaving children alone for only a short time
around water. What parents need to understand is that anytime a child is left alone around water is too
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