Toddler drowns in St. Michael ditch

Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A two-year-old girl drowned in a ditch near her St. Michael home, Alaska State Troopers said Friday.

Jewel Lockwood died Wednesday.

The girl's parents let her outside to play about 3:30 that afternoon, Troopers said. At least 15 minutes later, they went to look for her but couldn't find her at first.

Just before 4 p.m. the child's mother, 21-year-old Lydia Raymond, found her daughter face up in a ditch filled with about three feet of water. Troopers said Raymond and the toddler's grandfather took her out of the water and tried to revive her.

They summoned village health aides, who continued resuscitation efforts.

Nome flight medics were sent to the scene and arrived at 6 p.m., troopers said. The medics worked on the child for two hours but her core temperature was below 76 degrees and she had no vital signs. She could not be revived.

Troopers said no foul play is suspected.



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