Toddler drowns in pond; death deemed accidental

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A 14-month-old Marshall County girl drowned Monday in her family's spring fed farm pond, authorities said Tuesday morning.

Dixie Lynn Blackwell, daughter of Cherry Cheek and Scotty Blackwell of 1391 Bivens Road, was found by her father, public records show. He jumped in the pond, moved her to the water's edge and started cardio pulmonary resuscitation.

Several calls were made to the 911 emergency dispatch center at Lewisburg Police headquarters. Records show an ambulance was dispatched at 1:41 p.m. Monday and the ambulance arrived at the Blackwells' home at 1:52 p.m.

Scotty Blackwell "was frantically doing CPR," according to Marshall County Emergency Medical Services Lt. Bobby Isley, an emergency medical technician paramedic and medical examiner investigator. Her mother was very distraught.

CPR continued in the ambulance as the child was rushed to Marshall Medical Center and CPR continued in the emergency room, Isley said. Dixie Lynn was pronounced dead at 3:17 p.m. by Dr. Thomas Mitchell, he said.

State law requires an autopsy under these circumstances and that was being performed Monday in Nashville. While results of that were unavailable at press time, a public record of the death included notations that the type of death was "accident."

Sheriff's Deputy Doug McBay was at the scene, Isley said. McBay called for an investigator. Detective Bart Fagan responded. He was not available Tuesday morning.

"It's an accidental drowning as it appears," Isley said. "It's a tragic thing. Children aren't supposed to die that young. I've always been told, 'Children are supposed to bury their parents. Parent's aren't supposed to bury their children.'"

London Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.