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Sisters Dying Within 24 Hours at Same Home Prompts Investigation

web posted January 16, 2014

JOHNSTON Edgefield County EMS and Johnston First Responders were called to a home on the 600 block of Ridge Road Tuesday evening with a report of a 36-year-old woman who just recently had a baby being unconscious and unresponsive. EMS personnel arrived and tried to resuscitate the woman and transported her to the Edgefield County Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. On Wednesday afternoon Dispatch received another 911 call reporting the woman's sister in the same dire condition at the same home.

[Editor's note: On Thursday we were told by a family member the first sister was 36, not 28, as was previously provided to Edgefield Daily]
 
The sister, reportedly in her late 40's, was said to be unresponsive when emergency personnel arrived. She too was treated and rushed to ECH where she was also pronounced dead a short time later.

Due to both sisters being in the same home and dying of similar suspected cardiac arrests just 20 hours apart, Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett requested Edgefield County Sheriff's Chief Investigator Randy Doran to join the investigation.

Inv. Doran and Johnston Police Lt. Lamaz Robinson went to the home and asked to inspect the premises due to the two deaths and the family cooperated. Carbon monoxide was one of the possible causes investigators looked at to insure the home was safe for other family members to remain at the home. Carbon monoxide was ruled out as a cause, according to Chief Investigator Doran.

"We just wanted to make sure there was nothing at the house that could pose a danger to the rest of the family," Doran said. "It could all be a coincidence, but because of the situation we had to check it out."

Both women will have autopsies performed in Newberry to determine the cause of death, Lt. Doran said.

At this time there are no indications of foul play. Initial autopsy results could be available late Thursday, though full results, including toxicology, could take weeks to complete.

The investigation into the deaths remains open and active.






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