Teen electrocuted in bathtub from cell phone


A 14-year-old girl from Texas was killed while holding her cellphone in a bathtub.

Madison Coe, a north Texas resident, was electrocuted when she grabbed it while it was already charging, her grandmother told reporters.

“There was a burn mark on her hand, the hand that would have grabbed the phone,” grandmother Donna O’Guinn said. “And that was just very obvious that that’s what had happened.”

Madison was visiting her father in Lovington, N.M., when she died Sunday.

She just graduated from Terra Vista Middle School in Lubbock, Texas, where she played basketball and the tuba.

“It is with heavy hearts that Frenship ISD mourns the loss of Madison Coe,” her school district said in a statement. “We wish to share our heartfelt sympathy with her family and friends as we carry the burden of this tragedy together.”

Madison’s family planned relocate to Houston, where she would have attended high school, one news outlet reported.

O’Guinn said her family wants to use Madison’s untimely death as a cautionary tale.

“This is such a tragedy that doesn’t need to happen to anyone else,” she expressed. “And we want something good to come out of this as awareness of not using your cell phone in the bathroom as it is plugged in and charging.”

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