July Pool Fatality Stirring Safety Debate

LEXINGTON, KY -- Lexington police think a 14-year-old girl who died last month after becoming trapped underwater in a pool outside a condominium complex might have been searching in the pool drain for a lost bracelet, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader in its Saturday edition.

Investigators found the broken bracelet at the bottom of the pool, not far from the drain where Kiah Nicole Milsom's arm was caught on July 20, according to police records obtained by the Herald-Leader through an open records request, reports the Herald-Leader.

Since there were no lights illuminating the pool at the time of the accident, police said, Kiah would not have seen the bracelet. The pool's drain cover was not properly secured the day Kiah was trapped, police told the newspaper.

Some experts argue that drains, which are part of the water filtration system, aren't necessary in all pools. Health officials say they keep pools sanitary.

Drains have been linked to several entrapments that have occurred in pools nationwide, including two this summer in Lexington.

Kiah, and a 3-year-old boy who was found at the bottom of a pool at 200 Alsab Court and resuscitated. Earlier this week, a swimming pool company president in Connecticut pleaded not guilty to a manslaughter charge in connection with the drowning death of a boy whose arm was trapped by a pool's powerful drain pump, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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