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11/09/04

Taylor Berry's Death Ruled Accidental

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We now know how a two-year-old Liberty County girl died. Autopsy results show Taylor Michelle Berry accidentally drowned in a pond near her grandparents' home in Midway, Georgia. Authorities found her body yesterday after a two-day search.

Liberty County sheriff's deputies say there was no foul play in the toddler's death.

Tonight, family and friends are coping with the loss of their little girl, and they are getting help from the community. From Midway to Savannah, the Taylor's death is touching hearts.

"I was up half the night Sunday thinking about her," said Kix-96 radio personality Laura Anderson.

She says she felt like she needed to do something to help. Tuesday morning, she collected donations from listeners on the side of Abercorn Street. Then, she set up an account at BB&T bank in Taylor's name. "We're putting the money into the bank...to pay for funeral expenses," she explained.

"I think this is a wonderful community," said Taylor's grandmother, Carolyn Helmey. She says she's had complete strangers come up to her since Taylor's death, including a young mother with four kids in her car. "She gave me money because she said it could have been one of her children."

Laura Anderson wishes asking for donations wasn't necessary, and Taylor could have been found alive. "Everybody would have been happier if that's what happened. She was adorable."

You can make a donation in Taylor's name at any BB&T branch.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com

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