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Family of drowning victim asks for help

by Danielle Wagner

WATERLOO (KWWL) Always smiling. That's how Jenny Jacobs will remember her grandson, one-year-old Antwoine Turner.

June 4th of last year, Antwoine was found in his daycare provider's pool.

"My daughter had to be at work at 2 p.m. She dropped Antwoine off around 1:30. About maybe a little after 2 I get a phone call from the daycare saying he was found in the pool. The ambulance was there and come quick. By the time I made it there he was already at the hospital," said Jenny Jacobs.

Antwoine was flown to Iowa City in critical condition, but the family was optimistic about his recovery.

"When we first went down there they gave us a five percent chance and I wasn't accepting that. I'd go in, he'd reach for my hand, at least that's what I thought, but it was him having little seizures," said Jacobs.

The boy who loved basketball suffered major brain damage. He died June 26. The family had a funeral, but they couldn't afford a grave marker.

"The funeral's still not paid for. Insurance didn't go through for the daycare. It's very important to make sure your daycare provider has insurance for this type of thing that would happen. You never know," said Jacobs.

Almost a year later, Jacobs wants closure for her family and is asking the community for donations to purchase a grave marker.

"I want to do this for my daughter. Just to have some type of closure. When we go to the cemetery to have that there for her," said Jenny Jacobs.

If you'd like to help the family purchase a headstone for Antwoine Turner, there is a fund set up at La Porte Road Memorial in Waterloo.

You can mail funds to 4859 Texas Street, Waterloo, IA 50702 or call 319-296-2106. The cost for the marker is about $1500.

Jenny Jacobs said the daycare provider was certified through the state, and her license was suspended for five months after the drowning. The tragedy hits even closer to home because the daycare provider is Jenny Jacobs sister-in-law.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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