A mother of a 16-year-old girl who drowned while swimming in a Disney park in Orlando on Saturday is struggling to understand why her daughter’s death wasn’t reported sooner, a family friend said.
Tina Ladd, the mother of the teen, told The Associated Press on Sunday that she believes the incident occurred while the girl was in the water with her father and the water was too warm.
“The water was so warm, she didn’t even know it was cold,” she said.
The AP has not been able to independently verify that the girl drowned in the waters.
Ladd said she’s been told that the mother did not tell police about the incident until days after the girl’s death.
“She’s not a very good swimmer.
She just went into the water and it was too much water,” she told the AP.
“I can’t understand why that happened.”
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement did not immediately respond to a request for comment.