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KDDI Corp.'s new cellular telephone handset models G'zOne are displayed in streaming water during a press preview in Tokyo Monday, May 22, 2006. The new "toughness" handset, a joint venture between KDDI and Casio, retains mobile phone function in 1-meter deep water for 30 minutes. G'zOne toughness phone is one of seven new handset models KDDI will launch in June, aiming to win new subscribers in the increasingly competitive mobile communication market. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)

A teen was electrocuted after using her cell phone during a bath


A 14-year-old girl from Lubbock, TX died recently after she was electrocuted while interacting with her cell phone during a bath, according to KCBD.

Madison Coe’s mother and grandmother said Monday that the teenager died after either plugging in her cell phone in the bathtub or grabbing the device while it was plugged in.

“There was a burn mark on her hand, the hand that would have grabbed the phone,” Coe’s grandmother Donna O’Guinn said.

“And that was just very obvious that that’s what had happened, she added of the incident, which happened at Coe’s father’s home in Lovington, NM.

Some Twitter users on Tuesday voiced sympathy for Coe, who was reportedly in the process of moving with her family before attending high school in Houston.

Coe had reportedly just graduated from eighth grade in Terra Vista Middle School in Frenship ISD in Wolfforth, TX before her death.

The teenager reportedly played basketball at Terra Vista, and she was also the No. 1 chair with her tuba in the school’s marching band.

O’Guinn said Coe’s family hopes others remain aware of their safety when plugging in electrical appliances near water.

“This is such a tragedy that doesn’t need to happen to anyone else,” she said. “We need to be aware. We need to teach children that electricity and water do not mix.”

“It’s overwhelming to realize that there are people that we don’t even know and we’ll probably never meet that have taken this message and shared it to protect another child or even an adult. We don’t want to lose anybody.”

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