Girl, 7, drowns at Spotsylvania County Lake

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. — A seven-year-old girl drowned before a scheduled community Fourth of July fireworks display in Spotsylvania County Friday night.

Deputies were called to the Lake Wilderness subdivision in Western Spotsylvania County, where people were gathering for a fireworks display around 8:30 p.m. Friday evening, according to the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office.

The girl’s family had been searching for her there for half an hour. The victim’s mother told police that her daughter went into the water with another girl before drowning; her friend survived.

“Some how during the crowd and commotion, the little girl got off into the water on a noodle floatation device with another child,” Captain Jeff Pearce of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies called the fire department’s rescue and dive team after talking with several people who said the girl had been seen near a pond.

After a search, her body was found in eight feet of water. The fireworks event was canceled.

“We’ve been told by several people that she did know how to swim and was in fact swimming in the pool quite regularly,” Captain Pearce said. “In this case, we don’t know what happened.”

Neighbors were devastated by the incident. Adrienne Scholzen set up a makeshift memorial for the girl.

“We didn’t know what had happened,” Scholzen  said. “When we did hear she had drowned, we just felt so terrible for her family.”

Police are not saying how she drowned as of now. The girl’s body was taken to the medical examiner’s office in Richmond and the Sheriff’s office is now investigating.

10 comments

  • Billy Cathey

    I have enjoyed many days and nights at the Wilderness. It gives you a sense of peace and safety that causes you to relax your attention on children. There are dangers with animals (some people) that need close attention. I pray for this family and friends. God needed another angel that he had let them have for a time and He has called her home.

  • sd

    First I want to say that my thought are with this little girls family at this time. I also would like to encourage all parents to make sure their children can swim. Regardless if you live near water or will vacation near water children need to know how to swim. My father did not know how to swim and he made all 5 of us take lessons (American RedCross) until we were lifeguard certified. My heart goes out to this family. Losing a child must be the worst thing possible.

  • angel2

    I could not have said it any better than Billy C and SD. May The Good Lord be with her family and loved ones.

  • joshua

    This kinds of stuff can happen so quick and so easy. My family and I were at the pool today at Virginia Beach. My wife and I were standing next to the pool watching our kids swim. I noticed a small boy (maybe 6 years old) bobbing up and down in the water on his tip toes. He kept going under then coming up and taking a breath. After about three or four times his face turned to fear and I tapped my wife and said LOOK. She yelled GET HIM. I leaped into the water and reached under and grabbed the boy. I lifted him up and as I did I told him COUGH COUGH COUGH. He threw up water all over my arms and kept coughing. I placed my hand over his chest and his heart was pounding insanely. I told him it is ok, I am a Police Officer. I held him while wading across the water. He looked towards a man and I asked if that was his father. All he could do was shake his head yes as he tried to stop coughing. It could have been a very bad day. My family’s whole day and vacation was changed drastically by that event! But, the boy is alive and well this evening! PRAISE GOD!

    • WeeWee

      Thank you for what you did… But again “where was the parent?” Not paying attention… You and your wife where watching your kids. Didn’t that kinda make you a lil angry about that father not watching his child?

  • Ava Autumn

    My whole family is praying tonight for their family. I do not know them personally, but my daughter was her friend and clsssmate. That was the hardest talk I have ever had to have. I cannot imagine what they are going through.

  • Tasha A

    This is another sad tragedy. My condolences go out to the family because this could happen very quickly as Joshua mentioned. I have a 3 soon to be 4 year old son and I personally donot know how to swim so when I go into the water I take him along and I hold onto him very tightly and am going to take swimming lessons for the both of us. I’ve personally have had so many close drowning calls because of the fact that I donot know how to swim at all. I encourage everyone who is in this situation to take the swimming lessons as well not only so that you know how to swim but maybe you will be someone’s lifeguard because I would like to be one someday as I already am a nurse and CPR Certified. Again I pray that this family will be all right and know that their little angel is another one of God’s angels now because this can happen to anyone and has already happened to many people, not just children.

  • Me

    It was a sad night i was there after she had been missing for about a hour i was so sad for the parents not to wish bad deeds but i would of rather her have been kidnapped then there is a possable way to find her alive please do not take it the wrong way i wish the best to the family

  • WeeWee

    I’m very upset by this. I have read many articles on the tragic situation. All of them have said the sheriff interviewed many of the people who was present at this time and they all said there’s was a little girl alone on the beach by the water. My first thought was why airnt the parents watching this little girl. Then my second thought was all these people saw this little child alone on the beach why didn’t someone say something or do something… I feel like everyone is to blame. This should have NEVER have happen. I’m sorry if I come off rude but there is NO excuse for this child’s death!!! It’s a tragedy for all. Sending prayers to her and her family. 💖

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