Police Release Final Text from Teen Killed in Cell Phone Charging Electrocution

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 18, 2017

Police have released the last text message that 14-year-old Madison Coe sent before she was electrocuted while texting in the bathtub at her father's New Mexico home.

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.

The photo released shows her cell phone charger plugged into a non-grounded extension cord laying on the bathroom phone.

The text read "When you use and (sic) extension cord so you can plug in your phone while you're in the bath".

The grieving grandmother then explained how there was a "burn mark" on Madison's hand from where she grabbed the phone, before adding she hopes it can be a lesson to others in future.

Coe's parents agreed to release the photo to raise awareness about the dangers of combining electricity, water and portable electronic devices.

The young girl's grandmother, Donna O'Guinn, told the local NBC affiliate the cell phone being plugged in caused the girl's death.

The picture shows Coe's charger lying on a towel over a bath mat. The teen, a resident of Lubbock Texas, recently graduated from eight grade to ninth at Terra Vista Middle School. Officials said that the girl died after touching the frayed part of an extension cord that had water in it. Before this incident took place, she was expected to start her high school in Houston, as her family was shifting. All it takes is a drop, ' her step mom, Felisha Owens, said.

Madison has been remembered by her family and friends as a keen basketball fan and tuba player.

Some assumed that the victim, Madison Coe, dropped her phone in the bathtub, but police revealed that the girl's phone was never submerged in the water. Electricity and water do not mix. "She's just going to be greatly missed by all of us".

"She was just sweet to everybody and everybody loved".

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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