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Cops: Dad Purposely Drove Into Lake, Drowned Family

He and his wife were estranged

(Newser) - Police say the horrific deaths of a couple and their three young children who drowned when their SUV went into a lake was no accident. Instead, they're calling it a murder-suicide, reports KPHO . The husband, 27-year-old Glenn Baxter, deliberately drove the vehicle into Tempe Town Lake in Arizona after... More »

Family of 5 Dead as SUV Goes Into Lake

Parents, 3 young children drown in Arizona

(Newser) - A Phoenix family of five is dead after their SUV plunged into a lake in Tempe, Arizona, reports ABC15 . Police say Glenn Baxter, 27, wife Danica, 25, and kids Reighn, 3, Nazyiah, 2, and Zariyah, 1, drowned when the vehicle went over an embankment shortly after midnight Sunday into Tempe... More »

Girl Thrown in Pond Dies; More Charges Loom for Dad

Alan Lassiter already charged with trying to drown his 3 kids

(Newser) - The North Carolina man accused of trying to drown his children faces new charges after his 3-year-old daughter died yesterday, three days after police say Alan Tysheen Eugene Lassiter tried to drown her and her sister in an apartment complex pond. Authorities have not released the girl's name. The... More »

Man Posing for Photos Along Lake Michigan Drowns

Earl Helmuth, an Amish man, did not know how to swim

(Newser) - On Saturday night a 24-year-old Indiana man posed for photos alongside the woman he was due to marry; it was the last thing the two would do together. Earl Helmuth was swept off a lighthouse pier in Michigan City, Ind., by a wave thought to be at least 7 feet... More »

Drowned Syrian Toddler Had a Desperate Backstory

Aylan Kurdi, 3, and his family were en route to Canada from Syria

(Newser) - We now know the name of the drowned boy who has become a symbol of Europe's desperate migrant crisis. The National Post identifies the boy, whose lifeless body washed up on a Turkish beach yesterday, as 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi of Syria. He perished when his small dingy, part of... More »

Cops: Teen Pushed Tot Into Pond So He'd Drown

Bobby Woods reportedly confessed

(Newser) - An East Texas teenager is accused of pushing his pregnant girlfriend's 3-year-old nephew into a pond so the boy would drown to make room for the unborn child to live at their home. Bobby Woods, 17, faces a charge of capital murder of a person under age 6. He... More »

Ariz. Mom Admits She Drowned Twin Sons: Cops

Family stopped her from drowning 3rd child

(Newser) - First responders found twin toddlers lying motionless on a bed when they responded yesterday afternoon to a 911 call in Avondale, Ariz., and despite their resuscitation efforts, both boys died, the AP reports. Adding an even more tragic element was the confession of the boys' 22-year-old mother, Mireya Lopez, who... More »

Girl Almost Drowns, Then Docs Discover Tumor

Emily Thomas was having increasingly violent seizures

(Newser) - In June 2014, Emily Thomas dipped under the water one more time as her family finished swimming, when she had a seizure. Seeing her body float to the surface, her parents performed CPR and, two minutes later, got her heart beating again. But when doctors performed an MRI scan at... More »

Annie Lennox's Daughter Loses Boyfriend in Hudson

Body pulled from river is likely that of Ian Jones, 32

(Newser) - Authorities believe they've found the body of a man who was dating Tali Lennox, daughter of Annie Lennox, after he went missing in the Hudson River on Saturday. Ian Jones, 32, and Lennox, 22, were kayaking near Staatsburg, NY, when their tandem boat capsized. "They were able to... More »

Mom Drowns in Lake Erie Trying to Save 2 Girls

The girls, including her daughter, are OK

(Newser) - A Buffalo mom tried to save her 11-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old friend after they ran into trouble in the rough waves of Lake Erie, but she ended up drowning herself, WIVB reports. Evans police received a distress call from Wendt Beach just before 7pm yesterday, reports the Buffalo News ... More »

Man in Lake Felt Something Brush His Foot, Is Now Hero

That 'something' was a 3-year-old

(Newser) - Angelo Mondragon is officially a father of three. In his heart, he's a father of four. The 32-year-old Colorado man was in waist-deep water while swimming at Windsor Lake north of Denver on Sunday afternoon when he felt something brush against his feet, reports CBS Denver . It wasn't... More »

5-Year-Old Dies in Alaska Sewage Lagoon

Daphne Mochin and 2 friends apparently climbed under fence to access lagoon

(Newser) - A 5-year-old girl playing with her friends died after falling into an Alaskan sewage lagoon, reports Alaska Dispatch News . Daphne Mochin and two friends were hanging out Monday evening when they were seen riding their bikes in the direction of a school playground in the village of Manokotak, KDLG reports.... More »

Cops: Man Found Dead in Demi's Pool Was Employee

'I am in absolute shock,' says the actress

(Newser) - The 21-year-old man found dead in Demi Moore's pool has been identified as Edenilson Steven Valle of Los Angeles, who was believed to be "a staff member," a police officer says. Authorities were called to Moore's Beverly Hills home yesterday around 5:20am after Valle was... More »

Champion Synchronized Swimmers Try to Do Routine Drunk

Swedish team shows dangers of swimming while intoxicated

(Newser) - What happens what you throw Stockholm's three-time world champion men's synchronized swimming team into a pool after feeding members shots? A whole lot of splashing and not much swimming, apparently. The experiment—yes, experiment—was part of a "Don't Drink and Dive" water safety campaign from... More »

21st Birthday Swim Ends in Tragedy

Police say man was trying to make it across pond with rock

(Newser) - It was supposed to have been a birthday feat, but it turned into tragedy instead. Authorities near Oroville, Calif., say a man celebrating his 21st birthday drowned while trying to swim across a pond in a wildlife area with a 10-pound rock, reports the San Jose Mercury News . Friends were... More »

Twin Toddlers Drown After Mom Swats at Bee

Stroller with 18-month-old boys plunged into canal after Alexis Keslar let go

(Newser) - That nearly universal instinct to swat at an insect buzzing by us led to a tragic outcome for an Arizona mom on Friday. Alexis Keslar was taking a stroll along a canal in Yuma with her 18-month-old twins, Eli and Silas, when a bee ventured into her path. Police say... More »

Man Trying to Save His Dog Falls Through Ice, Drowns

NYC's Garvin Brown did all he could to rescue his pup in late-night tragedy

(Newser) - Police say a 34-year-old New York City man drowned while trying to save his dog from a pond. The Ontario County Sheriff's Office tells local media that Garvin Brown of Brooklyn and his fiancee were renting a home in the Finger Lakes town of Naples, 40 miles southeast of... More »

Someone Drowns Every 90 Seconds

WHO report says 'neglected public health issue' causes 372K deaths a year

(Newser) - It's one of the top 10 killers of kids and young adults, but a new WHO report says that drowning remains a "neglected public health issue" that's still happening with alarming frequency around the world, Scientific American reports. The study points out some startling statistics: More than... More »

Remains From 1970s Found in Sunken Cars

Oklahoma officials say all 6 died by accidental drowning

(Newser) - Oklahoma police have solved a decades-old cold case with the help of sonar equipment and a little luck, WMAZ-TV reports. During a sonar training exercise last year, highway troopers found bodies in two deeply corroded cars submerged in a western Oklahoma lake—and now medical officials say the remains belong... More »

'Prayer Baby' Drowns in Church's Baptism Tank

His mother prayed for years for a son, but he didn't reach his 2nd birthday

(Newser) - A mother in Decatur, Ala., says her prayers were answered when, after years of trying, she had a baby boy nearly two years ago. But tragedy struck when Brayden King was left in the care of his teen sister at church on Friday: She lost track of him for a... More »

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