A 3-year-old girl drowned in a hot tub at a Terrytown apartment building Sunday evening, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies were dispatched about 6:40 p.m. to an apartment complex at 1625 Carol Sue Ave., where they found Haven Ramee unconscious.
Firefighters and paramedics tried to revive the young girl but were unsuccessful. She was taken to Ochsner Medical Center’s West Bank Campus, where she was pronounced dead.
The young girl’s death is at least the third such incident in recent weeks. A 5-year-old girl drowned at a pool near a vacant house in Metairie, and a toddler died at a pool in the Bayou St. John area in May.
Relatives who were at the apartment complex pool Sunday said they saw Haven standing on the steps of the hot tub and then, “seconds later,” floating face-down in the tub, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies believe the girl slipped.
The child’s mother was nearby but not at the pool at the time of the incident, according to Glen Boyd, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman. Boyd did not immediately respond to a request for information about the girl’s father.
Boyd said Haven was not wearing a life jacket or floaters at the time of the incident, which is under investigation.