Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Police Release Final Text Message of Girl Who Died in Bathtub

Police Release Final Text Message of Girl Who Died in Bathtub

The last photo taken by a young girl who died after electrocuting herself has been shared online.

Authorities say Madison, a Lubbock resident, was visiting at her father's house in Lovington when she died.

Her family agreed to release the chilling photo in a bid to raise awareness of the dangers of using electronic devices near water so that others don't make the same mistake.

The Lovington Police Department has completed the investigation of the accidental electrocution of a 14-year-old female which occurred in the city of Lovington on Sunday, July 9, 2017. There were plans for her to attend high school in Houston. Additional investigation was conducted by the Criminal Investigations Division of the Lovington Police Department and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Although Madison's cell phone was never actually in the water, officials say she touched a frayed part of the extension cord that had water in it, which was enough to cause electrocution.

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Her last text to a friend included a picture of the phone charger plugged into an extension cord. The teen was the number one chair with her tuba in her school band and was also a basketball player. All it takes is a drop, ' her step mom, Felisha Owens, said.

Her phone had reportedly fallen into the bathtub and Madison was found with a burn mark on her hand.

"The bathroom is a place for showers and personal time and your phones don't belong in the bathroom".

According to her grandmother, Coe was very sweet and managed to endear herself to just about anyone when she was still alive. "And that was just very obvious that that's what had happened", O'Guinn explained.

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"And we want something good to come out of this as awareness of not using your cell phone in the bathroom as it is plugged in and charging".

Donna O'Guinn, Madison's heartbroken grandmother, referred to the 14-year-old as her 'shining star'.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for anyone who would like to help the family with medical and funeral expenses.

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