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Charlotte 7-year-old remains in critical condition after near drowning

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

As a memorial of stuffed animals grew near the site where Samiyah Brown and her brother slipped below the water at Davis Creek last week, hospital officials said on Sunday that the 7-year-old girl remained in intensive care.

Samiyah was listed in critical condition at Carolinas Medical Center after her brother, Randez Brown, 11, died trying to save her on Thursday.

The children were believed to be under the care of their great-grandmother when they slipped away to join a group of children headed to Davis Creek.

Neighbors believe the children were in a concrete-lined culvert that empties into a pond near Interstate 77, not far from Military and Global Leadership Academy at Marie G. Davis.

The pond behind the school has been popular with children who live in the nearby Southside Homes for decades and has been dangerous for just as long. Another child died there in 1984.

Family members who live nearby declined to comment on Sunday, saying they were too upset to talk about the children.

Randez was a fifth-grader at Sedgefield Elementary School and had plans to celebrate his 12th birthday on Monday with a trip to a Charlotte Bobcats game.

He lived with Samiyah, four brothers, his mother, Shaconda Black, and his great-grandmother in a three-bedroom home.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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