Arizona mom amputates six year-old daughter’s leg and kills her while boating on Lake Pleasant
- The schoolgirl had been on her family’s boat with several adults on July 28
- Her parents ‘lost track’ of who was in the water, according to authorities
- The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, in Arizona, has called it a ‘tragic accident’
A six-year-old girl died after her leg was amputated by the propeller of a boat that her mom was driving on Arizona’s Lake Pleasant.
The schoolgirl suffered an amputated leg during the accident and was rushed to hospital after being pulled from the water in Peoria, Arizona.
Authorities confirmed she was pronounced dead at the medical center, and a spokesman for Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office called it a ‘tragic accident.’
A group of 12 people from two families had been swimming and wakeboarding on their boat from around 7am.
The entire group of six adults and six children, who were all wearing life jackets, were on the same boat when the incident happened.
Authorities confirmed a six-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the medical center, and a spokesman for Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office called it a ‘tragic accident’
A group of 12 people from two families had been swimming and wakeboarding on their boat from around 7am
Around 11am, the child’s mother had been driving near Paul’s Hideaway, with cops confirming no one realized the girl was still in the water.
Her mother began to accelerate to pull another member of the family who was wakeboarding, and the schoolgirl was run over by the boat.
The father of the child was in the water holding onto a wakeboard when he noticed someone in the water and swam to the child.
Sgt. Joaquin Enriquez said: ‘He and the mother quickly realized their daughter was in the water and had suffered a leg amputation from the boat’s propeller.
‘Witnesses at the scene confirmed that the child’s mother was operating the boat when she began to drive and, unbeknownst to the family, the child had somehow entered the water.
‘There is no impairment investigation at this time. We have investigators that went and check for signs; though it is an ongoing investigation we don’t see any signs of impairment as of right now.
Her mother began to accelerate to pull another member of the family who was wakeboarding, and the schoolgirl was run over by the boat
‘We are going to call this a tragic accident. Contributing factors that may have led to this incident is a lot of people on the boat.
‘Detectives are with the boat and processing the boat and looking at safety measures that were ore were not in place.
‘But it looks like things that need to be on the boat are on the boat. Nobody comes out here and expects a tragedy.’
The owners of the boat were described by cops as ‘experienced boaters’, adding they ‘may have lost track of who was on the boat’ because they were in ‘different locations swimming and wakeboarding.’
Deputies and Peoria Fire-Medical Department firefighters responded to a 911 call, after fellow boaters brought the child to the harbor because poor cell service meant they were unable to reach the emergency services initially.