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2-Year Old Girl Dies in Apparent Drowning at Langley Family Housing
By Nancy E. Sheppard

Girl2 ImageOn Sunday, August 6th, a 2-year-old girl died of an apparent drowning in the neighborhood pool for the offbase Langley housing off Big Bethel Road in York County. The girl, who has not been identified because she was a minor and for the privacy of the family, was found unresponsive in the pool two days earlier and was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she passed away two days later.

The Virginia National Guard 192nd Fighter Wing released the following statement:

"The Virginia Air National Guard 192nd Fighter Wing was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of our own this weekend, a toddler and dependent to one of our Airmen. When something so tragic like this happens, the loss is felt throughout the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the two grieving parents and family at this time.”

Langley Family Housing, A Hunt Military Community, is refusing to comment further due to the active investigation. However, following the drowning, the privatized military housing company released (and has since apparently deleted) statements on their Facebook page, insisting that they were complying with state law by leaving the pool unattended by a lifeguard and, instead, installing an emergency phone on pool premises and "swim at your own risk” signage. They also stated that every resident signs a statement when receiving their pool pass, understanding that there is no lifeguard at the pool and that residents use the facility at their own risk.

An investigation is being conducted at this time by the York- Poquoson Sheriff’s Office.


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