7-year-old girl dies in apparent drowning in Galien Township


A 7-year-old girl died after an apparent drowning in Berrien County.

Police and emergency crews were called to a swimming hole on a rural property along Jeffery Road near Spring Creek Road in Galien Township.

Two other girls were with the victim and tried to help her, but were unsuccessful, and ran for help, according to WSBT.

After rescue and recovery efforts, Sadie Geigler, 7, of Michigan City was pulled from the water, according to the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office.

Life-saving efforts were continued by paramedics, but Geigler was ultimately pronounced dead at Lakeland Hospital in Niles, the sheriff’s office reported.

This incident remains under investigation by the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department Road Patrol and Detective Bureau.


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