Caregiver charged after 17-year-old girl drowns in bathtub in Charlotte

Nikiya Meeks was charged with patient abuse - culpably negligent conduct causing death and taken to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Jail. (Photo: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Police have charged a caregiver after a 17-year-old girl drowned in a bathtub in Charlotte Friday.

The incident happened at a home on Ligon Court in the University City area. Officers responded to an Assist MEDIC call for service at the home on Friday around 1:08 p.m.

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When they arrived, they located a 17-year-old girl who had drowned in a bathtub.

CFD and MEDIC responded to the scene and performed CPR on the victim. She was then taken to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead at 6:03 p.m.

An investigation has revealed that the girl was severely mentally and physically disabled and was living at this home with her paid caregiver, 41-year-old Nikiya Meeks.

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