Autopsy reveals local 7-month-old girl victim of accidental drowning

DAYTON — UPDATE @ 4:15 p.m.

According to the coroner’s office 7 month old Ja`coreyaa Nichols’ death was due to an accidental drowning.


A 7-month-old Dayton girl died Tuesday in what a relative described as a drowning.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said Ja’Coreyaa Nichols died from an undisclosed cause, but her aunt on scene - Keya Wills – said her niece drowned.

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Dayton police are investigating. A spokesperson said detectives with the special victims unit are awaiting autopsy reports but suspect the girl drowned.

“The Dayton Police Department is currently investigating the death of an infant on Wentworth Avenue,” the spokesperson said.

Wills said her mother, the child’s grandmother, has had a lot of surgeries lately and was on new medications that made her pass out. Wills also stated the grandmother was rushed to the hospital for further treatment.

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The coroner’s office said it has had six deaths in 2017 in which drowning was the confirmed cause of death.

One of those cases occurred July 29, when a 3-year-old Huber Heights boy died after being on life support. Hayden Stoll died after striking his head and falling into his family’s swimming pool outside his family’s Robinview Court home on July 23.

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The coroner’s office ruled Stoll’s death an accident, and determined he drowned.

On Easter, a 2-year-old Lewisburg boy who drowned in Preble County. Nathan Melton was transported to a local emergency room where he was pronounced dead, the Preble County Coroner’s Office said.

According to the boy’s mother, the family had gathered at their home in the 4600 block of Ohio 503 North on Easter morning.

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