Prosecutors: No charges against mother whose 7-year-old daughter drowned


ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — A 7-year-old girl died in a drowning accident at an apartment complex on Thursday night and her mother was arrested, but the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday night it was not going to file charges against her.

The D.A. said she would be released from custody.

The incident happened about 6 p.m. when the girl was pulled from the pool at the Country Club Villas at 8828 E. Florida Ave. by someone who 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.

On Friday morning, the sheriff’s office said the girl’s mother, 27-year-old Eve Gbeugre, was arrested on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death.

Investigators believe the girl got access to the pool area when she was left alone in the residence for an undisclosed amount of time.

It’s the second drowning tragedy in the state this week. Two sisters, ages 3 and 6, and their 17-year-old baby sitter drowned in the pool at the Pueblo Grande Village mobile home park on Monday.

Autopsy results released Thursday said all three died of freshwater drowning and there were no signs of trauma. It was ruled an accident.

They were identified as 3-year-old Azucena Gandarilla, 6-year-old Amaya Gandarilla and 17-year-old Joo Lee.