Bode Miller's Wife Speaks Out on Toddler's Drowning

'I pray to God no other parent feels this pain'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2018 6:43 AM CDT
Updated Jul 18, 2018 7:17 AM CDT
USA men's ski team member Bode Miller participates in a news conference at the alpine skiing world championships in Beaver Creek, Colo.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
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(Newser) – The wife of Olympic skier Bode Miler has spoken out on the tragic death of 19-month-old daughter Emeline—and says she doesn't want any other mother to experience what she is going through. "It’s been 37 days since I’ve held my baby girl. I pray to God no other parent feels this pain," Morgan Beck Miller wrote in an Instagram post, sharing a picture of Emeline and a link to another grieving mother's story of how her 3-year-old son drowned on a family holiday. Authorities say Emeline drowned in a "very short amount of time" last month after wandering away from her mother and falling in a backyard pool.

In her post, Beck Miller, who has a 3-year-old son and is expecting a third child, said parents discuss issues like vaccinations and screen time at length but rarely talk about drowning, People reports. "Drowning is the NUMBER ONE cause of death in children ages 1-4," she wrote. “It takes SECONDS. Please share and help us spread awareness." In an earlier Instagram post, Beck Miller thanked everybody who had supported the family and said money raised in a GoFundMe campaign would go to causes connected to water safety education. "We are inspired to make our baby girls memory go forth and help prevent as many drownings as possible," she wrote. (Earlier this month, a California woman drowned trying to rescue her three children.)

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