Tragedy struck the family of Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett this week when the NFL player’s 2-year-old daughter died in a swimming pool drowning accident. As of the present time, specific information about the swimming pool accident that took the life of toddler Arrayah Barrett is scant. What is known is that the child somehow accidentally fell into a residential swimming pool in Tampa. The fatal accident occurred at about 9:30 in the morning on Tuesday, May 2, 2023.
Jordanna Barret Releases Statement About Her Daughter’s Untimely Death
Shaquil Barrett’s wife Jordanna has issued a heart-wrenching statement in the aftermath of her daughter’s accidental death. Jordanna wrote a public message that really was directed at her daughter:
I love you so much my baby. I am so so sorry. Until we see each other again, please watch over your siblings and momma and dada. We love you forever and ever and always. I can’t wait to see that precious smile again, and just hug you so close. I would do absolutely anything. There is no Barrett (family) without you, and we will forever hold your place down here, until we all meet again in heaven. I love you forever and always.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Issue Statement on Drowning Death of Linebacker’s Daughter
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers issued a statement on the incomprehensible death of Arrayah Barrett, only a few days after her second birthday. According to the team:
The tragic news is heartbreaking for all members of the Buccaneers family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Shaq, Jordanna and the entire Barrett family during this unimaginably difficult time. While no words can provide true comfort at a time such as this, we offer our support and love as they begin to process this very profound loss of their beloved Arrayah.
Shaquil Barrett is a two-time Super Bowl champion. He has played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for four seasons. Prior to joining the Buccaneers, Barrett played for the Denver Broncos for two seasons.
Grim Reality of Child Drowning Accidents
This fatal swimming pool drowning accident draws attention to the grim reality of children who lose their lives as the result of these types of aquatic accidents each year:
- Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death among children aged 1 to 4 years old.
- Children can drown in as little as one inch of water. This means that even small bodies of water, such as buckets, wading pools, and even toilets can pose a risk to young children.
- For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. These injuries can range from mild to severe and can lead to long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning.
- Nonfatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning. It's important to remember that near-drowning incidents can be highly consequential and require immediate medical attention.
- Most drowning and submersion deaths among infants and young children occur in residential swimming pools.
- The majority of children who drown in pools were last seen in the home, had been out of sight for less than five minutes, and were in the care of adults at the time. This highlights the importance of constant supervision and never leaving children unattended, even for short periods of time. This is not meant to cast aspersions at parents or other adults involved in child drowning accident. Rather, it is intended to highlight how quickly this type of tragic event can unfold even among the most diligent of parents and other adults.
Your Legal Rights After a Swimming Pool Drowning Accident
If you have lost a child or other family member in a swimming pool drowning accident that appears to have occurred because of the negligence of someone else, the legal team at Nationwide Doan Law Firm is here for you. You can arrange an initial consultation with an experienced, compassionate Doan Law Firm swimming pool drowning accident lawyer by calling us at (800) 349-0000.
There is no charge for an initial consultation with a swimming pool accident lawyer. Indeed, The Doan Law Firm never charges an attorney fee unless we win your case for you.