Police Release Final Text Message of Girl Who Died in Bathtub

July 17, 2017 3:34 pm Last Updated: July 18, 2017 5:11 pm

The family of a Texas girl who allegedly died as she was electrocuted in a bathtub released the last text message she sent.

Madison Coe, 14, sent out a text message about plugging in her phone as she was in the bath while staying at her father’s home in New Mexico.

“When you use [an] extension cord so you can plug your phone in while you’re in the bath,” she wrote alongside a picture of the cord, KSAT reported. The photo shows her charger lying on a towel or possibly a bath mat.

Police released the text message with her family’s permission. It’s unclear to whom the text was sent.

She was found dead in the bath tub earlier this month.

Her parents said that raising awareness about her death will prevent future accidents.

“[Coe’s parents] hope this will raise awareness of the dangers that combination of electricity, water and portable electronic devices can pose to people, especially teenagers, who are the heaviest users of these devices,” David Miranda, public information officer for Lovington Police, said in a statement according to KSAT.

Coe’s stepmother, who is also a nurse and EMT, performed CPR on Coe until paramedics arrived.

Police released the last text Coe sent, likely to a friend, showing a picture of her cell phone's charger plugged into an extension cord outside the bathtub. (LOVINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT)
Police released the last text Coe sent, likely to a friend, showing a picture of her cell phone’s charger plugged into an extension cord outside the bathtub. (LOVINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT)

“It’s not uncommon for her to spend two hours to two and a half hours in the bathtub,” her stepmother Felisha Owens told CBS affiliate KRQE.

The medical examiner confirmed the cause of death was indeed electrocution.

NBC12 reported that her cell phone was never immersed in water. Officials said that the girl died after touching the frayed part of an extension cord that had water in it.