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8-Year-Old Girl Drowns In King Christian Hotel Pool At Birthday Party In Christiansted

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CHRISTIANSTED — An eight-year-old girl drowned in a downtown hotel pool while attending a birthday party on the waterfront, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

On June 25, police with the C Command Unit in Christiansted were dispatched at 11:17 a.m. at the King Christian Hotel.

Upon arrival CPR was being administered to a female minor later identified as 8-year-old Jah-Marie Dimmer.

Officers from the C Command also performed CPR until the ambulance arrived and transported the female minor to the Juan Luis Hospital, where all attempts were made to revive her, as she was pronounced dead at 12:04 p.m.

The preliminary investigation revealed that victim was attending a birthday party for one of her friends at the King Christian Hotel in Christiansted, when a minor saw the victim’s body at the bottom of the end of the pool.

At that time the victim was pulled from the pool by a bystander and CPR was performed , the victim’s family was immediately notified.



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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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