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Mar 31, 2010
Teen Electrocuted by Cellphone While Taking a Bath

It wasn’t abnormal for 14-year-old Madison Coe, a lover of band and basketball, to shut herself in the bathroom for hours and soak in the tub.

That’s what she had been doing late Saturday night at her father’s New Mexico home, according to family, when he knocked on the door and said it was time to get out.

But 20 minutes passed and the teen never emerged, so Logan Coe called out once again. This time, he got no response.

He entered the bathroom and found Madison unresponsive in the water and her Samsung Edge Plus phone plugged into an outlet in the wall. The cellphone had fallen into the bathtub and the girl had a burn mark on her hand.

Coe, an EMT, tried to revive her, as did medical professionals who arrived on scene and transported her to the hospital, where Madison was pronounced dead. The medical examiner has yet to rule on official cause of death, but authorities said in a news release that “initial evidence shows signs consistent with electrocution.”

Lovington police confirmed a cellphone, a charging cord and an extension cord were found by the bathtub.


Really? Charging your phone while using it in the tub? Can't people leave those damn things alone for an hour? What part of electricity + water = danger don't they understand?