Mom 'needed a break'; 7-year-old girl drowns in pool

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She says she left her children home alone because she needed a break and they were misbehaving. (KTRK)

A 7-year-old girl was found floating face down in a pool by a man who heard screaming and ran to help. He then called 911.

When deputies arrived, CPR was performed and the girl was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

It does not appear any adults were in the pool area at the time the girl drowned, the sheriff's office said. It's unclear how long the girl was in the water before someone pulled her out and called 911.

Investigators believe the girl got access to the pool area when she was left alone in her residence.

According to an arrest affidavit, the girl's mother at first told deputies she was only gone a few minutes, but later admitted she needed a break from her daughters who were misbehaving. Eve Gbeugre, 27, went to shop at Wal-Mart and left her two children ages 6 and 7 alone at home for over an hour.

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The affidavit said a man called 911 to say a child was screaming in a hallway and saying her sister needed help in the pool. The man used a net attached to a pole to pull the 7-year-old out.

A second neighbor said she heard screaming and went to the pool to perform CPR.

The mother was arrested, but the Arapahoe County District Attorney's Office announced Friday night it was not going to file charges against her.

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

"Based on information made known to the District Attorney's Office, and in consultation with the Arapahoe County Sheriff, the District Attorney has determined that filing criminal charges against Eve Gbeugre would not be appropriate at this time, and therefore will not be filing criminal charges resulting from this arrest, and the District Attorney requests that Eve Gbeugre be released from custody," the district attorney's office said in a statement.

"Investigation into this matter will continue, and charges may be filed against one or more persons in the future."
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