Colorado girl, 7, drowns after mother said she needed a break

Mom won't face charges
Posted at 12:22 PM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-16 12:25:16-04

(KDVR/CNN) - A 7-year-old girl drowned after she was left without an adult nearby, but her mother won't face charges.

The girl's body was found floating face down by a man who heard screaming and ran over to help. He pulled the child from the water using a pole and a woman who also came to help administered CPR.

The girl was transported to the hospital, but she could not be revived.

Police determined the girl and her 6-year-old sister were left unattended and made their own way to the pool.

"We do not believe any family members, specifically the mother, was home at the time when the child found her way to the pool and subsequently drowned," Julie Brooks, spokesperson for the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, said.

According to an arrest affidavit, the girl's mother, 27-year-old Eve Gbeugre, initially told police she was only gone for a few minutes but later said she was gone for more than an hour because the girls were misbehaving and she needed a break.

Neighbors said the children should have been supervised.

"You don't leave children with children," Irma Enriquez said. "You have to have an adult around, especially if they're that young. You definitely don't leave them alone."

The Arapahoe County District Attorney's Office announced Friday night it was not going to file charges against Gbeugre.

Gbeugre was held on $50,000 bond, but the district attorney's office said she would be released from custody.

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