Wednesday, June 19, 2013
A funeral service will be held today for an Andrews toddler who drowned in a neighbor’s swimming pool this week.
Three-year-old Sophia Monet Mitchum-Freeman of Hazel Street in Andrews was pronounced dead after arriving at Georgetown Memorial Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.
Andrews Interim Police Chief Verney Cumbee said the toddler climbed out of a window of her home without anyone knowing then walked into a neighbor’s yard.
Cumbee said Mitchum-Freeman then somehow got inside a fence where an inground pool is located.
He said on one side of the pool is a 6- to 8-foot wooden privacy fence and on the other side is a chain link fence. He said the gates were closed at the time so it’s unknown exactly how Mitchum-Freeman got inside.
Cumbee said initial reports that the pool was in the Mitchum-Freeman’s own yard were incorrect. He said the investigation is continuing but there is nothing to indicate any foul play.
Postman tries to help
According to Harry Spratlin, spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service in South Carolina, a mail deliverer tried frantically to save Mitchum-Freeman’s life before an ambulance arrived Tuesday afternoon.
It is not known how long Mitchum-Freeman was underwater in the pool but, according to Spratlin, mail carrier John T. “Tim” Tyler was delivering his route when he was approached by one of Mitchum-Freeman’s family members who told him what happened.
Tyler was told no one knew how to perform CPR.
“Tim, a former emergency medical technician, dialed 911 and quickly took action, using the CPR technique appropriate for an infant. After a valiant 20 minutes of effort, EMTs arrived to transport the child to the hospital,” Spratlin said.
Mitchum-Freeman — the daughter of Leslee Donna Freeman and Edward Dee Mitchum, Jr. — was pronounced dead at Georgetown Memorial Hospital.
She is also survived by a twin bother, Miikka Lee Mitchum-Freeman.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Rhems Pentecostal Holiness Church.
By Scott Harper