2-year-old Georgia girl drowns in apartment pool, police investigation underway

LAGRANGE — LaGrange police are investigating the death of a toddler.

On April 21, 2024, at 2027 hours, LaGrange Police responded to the Cameron Crossing Apartment Complex on Meadow Terrace about a missing child.

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When officers met with family members, they were that a two and four-year-old left their apartment without an adult’s knowledge.

A resident found the four-year-old child in the parking lot but the two-year-old had gotten separated from her sibling.

Family members, residents, police, and fire personnel immediately searched the area.


After a while, fire and police found the two-year-old child in the complex swimming pool.

The child, identified as Neriyah Daniel, was taken to Well Star West Georgia where she was later pronounced dead.

Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes was at the complex Monday, where she talked to the leasing manager, who said that the pool was not even open for the season yet.

Neighbors said they always saw Daniel playing outside.

“This is a complex were usually kids are always running and playing,” one neighbor said. “There’s never a day that goes by where after school, you’re not hearing kids playing and running around outside.”

Fernandes contacted Daniel’s mother, but has not heard back.

Neighbors said they have questions about how the child got into the pool area in the first place.

“It was a big surprise when I saw that a 2-year-old was able to find their way into the area, because it’s usually locked. And I don’t think the pool is open yet, so I don’t understand why it would be unlocked.

The property manager said the door was supposed to be locked but wouldn’t comment further. Police said that currently, there are no charges pending, but they are still collecting evidence.

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