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Report: Alcohol involved in drownings

The mother of a 12-year-old girl and her husband were both legally drunk when all three drowned last month in a retention pond near their High Point home, according to lab results.

A report released Wednesday by the North Carolina Medical Examiner's Office shows both Kenny and Heather Jordan were intoxicated when they drowned Feb. 10. Also killed was Heather Jordan's daughter, Nikki Simpkins.

The report says Kenny Jordan's blood alcohol content was .15 percent, nearly twice North Carolina's legal driving limit of .08 percent. Heather Jordan's level was .10 percent.

Authorities a toxicology report was not conducted on the girl.

Police have said the family and three other children went to a retention pond about a mile from their home early that Sunday morning.

Kenny Jordan and Nikki got in the water, as did two other children, who got out almost immediately. Authorities say Heather Jordan got in the water to help when Kenny Jordan started struggling.

High Point Police Capt. Mike Kirk says that while the alcohol impaired the adults, the water temperature also was 45 degrees.

“The water was so cold, hypothermia set in,” he said.

Investigators had suspected alcohol was involved that night, and the 911 call also mentioned alcohol.

It's not clear why the family went to the pond, Kirk said.

“He (Kenny) just told them he wanted to do it, according to one of the children, and that they had been to the retention pond several times before, fishing and frogging several times. I don't think that it was uncommon for him to say let's do this and let's do that,” Kirk said. “This time, it was really cold weather and really cold water, which made it an exceedingly poor decision.”

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