Lawsuit against county focuses on near drowning

Woman says employees at pool were negligent


A Columbia woman is suing Howard County, claiming that negligent supervision contributed to the near drowning of her daughter at an Ellicott City swimming pool during a county-sponsored camp program in 1996.

Andrea Thorne of the 5900 block of Grand Banks Road claims that county employees with the "Camp Community" program took her daughter, Jarnel, then 9, and 16 others in the program to the Roger Carter Neighborhood Center pool June 24, 1996.

The suit contends that employees did not notice Jarnel entering the pool and sinking to the bottom after the adult swim was over about 2 p.m. One of the children told a lifeguard, who pulled the unconscious girl from the pool, the suit says.

Jarnel was revived after being given cardiopulmonary resuscitation and taken to St. Agnes Hospital, the suit says. Jarnel has residual effects from a head injury, body injuries, shock, "injury to her nervous system and from seizures as a result of deprivation of oxygen and brain damage," the suit says.

Officials with the county Department of Recreation and Parks, which ran the program, could not be reached for comment, nor could lawyers for Howard County.

Thorne is seeking $1.65 million in damages.

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