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Deputies identify 8-year-old girl who drowned in hotel pool

March 27, 2019 01:33 PM

HENRIETTA, N.Y. (WHEC) — Deputies are investigating after an eight-year-old girl drowned to death at a hotel in Henrietta. 

Monroe County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Michael Fowler will provide an update on the investigation at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. Click here to watch the news conference on WHEC.com. 

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The drowning happened at the Residence Inn by Marriott on Jefferson Road around 8:45 p.m. Saturday.

Deputies say Jamilath Kabba of Rochester was swimming in the pool with three other kids when she was found in the deep end. Deputies determined Kabba had been in the deep end for 11 minutes before someone jumped in, pulled her out of the pool, and started CPR. She was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Investigators say an adult was there when the drowning happened. They're calling it an "unfortunate tragedy."

"We do not anticipate that there's going to be criminal charges, but we are going to go through the investigation thoroughly," Deputy Chief Michael Fowler said. "We're going to look at all the factors that are in play. We've even gone as far as to take water samples and we're going to take the video footage, we're going to try and enhance it, see what we can find…but at this point, we've reviewed it several times, so far everything seems to be that it just was a tragic accident."

Deputies say the girl was with her mom and other family members at the hotel. Authorities say they're cooperating with the investigation.

Kabba was a second grader at Flower City School No. 54. Rochester City School District Superintendent Daniel Lowengard released the following statement:

"We are all devastated by the death of 8-year-old Jamilath Kabba. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. There are grief counselors available at Flower City School No. 54 today and as needed for her 2nd-grade class, students, and staff. There is no greater tragedy than the loss of a child, and I know that our entire school community joins me in expressing condolences to Jamilath’s family."

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