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chil.drownedA 3-year old child identified as Avina Pennoh drowned in a three-foot deep pit in the Frog Island Community in Weala, Margibi County on May 19, 2015.

The mother of the deceased, Lorpu Pennoh, who said the incident happened while she was at work, is suspecting foul play in the drowning of her daughter.

She told our reporter that she was alerted to the situation by a friend who called and asked her to come home because of an unprecedented happening, noting that she has no choice but to ask her boss for excuse.

While approaching the house, Madam Pennoh said encountered a group of people in the yard who told the news about the death of her daughter but none of them could say how she got drowned.

“When I arrived at the house I began to inquire as to how my daughter got into the pit but no one could give my substantial information,” she said while sobbing, explaining further how her son got drowned based on information she gathered from her children in the home.

“My son explained to me that while they were in the yard he went into his bedroom and started to sleep and immediately his older sister entered the room and wasted water on him to wake up. When he got up, both of them started to search for their sister and when he got to the well he saw a lady standing there and she told him that the person they were looking for was already in the well and is dead,” he said.

She quoted her children as saying that the lady who gave the information left the scene without helping to remove the body from the well, leaving the little ones to remove the body of little girl from the well and carried her under their kitchen after which they called other neighbors to survive her but to no avail.

Madam Pennoh said there is a foul play in the death of her daughter because “not one day she has seen her going to the well to take bath neither to undress nor jump into the pit.”
Meanwhile, Police in Margibi County are investigating the actual cause of the death of the girl.

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