21-year-old woman dies after she and two-year-old boy were pulled from Lake Michigan

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MILWAUKEE -- A woman and a child were pulled from Lake Michigan after going into the water near the McKinley Marina on Monday afternoon, March 28th in what police were calling an attempted suicide. Late on Monday, officials with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed to FOX6 News that the woman passed away at the hospital.

The call for this incident came in around 3:00 p.m.

Police say a 21-year-old woman entered the water while holding a two-year-old boy. Witnesses said it appeared she was attempting to drown herself and the child.

Several fishermen watched as the woman climbed down the break wall and entered the cold water with the child in her hands.

Officer Tobias Golembiewski

Officer Tobias Golembiewski

Officer Tobias Golembiewski with MPD's Harbor Patrol was first in the water. He pulled the woman and boy to shore.

"The (woman) was located approximately 10-15 feet off the sea wall. The baby was a little bit closer. Just trying to get to them as quickly as I could and get them to my cohorts up on the shore," Golembiewski said.

A witness recorded video on a cell phone, showing the child being carried away from the break wall.

Woman, child rescued from Lake Michigan near McKinley Marina

Woman, child rescued from Lake Michigan near McKinley Marina

"It`s heart-wrenching. It makes you feel chills to your bones," Renee Klofanda said.

Neither the woman nor the child had a pulse.

"Both of them were in cardiac arrest when they were removed from the water. We were doing CPR and transported both of them to the hospital," Terry Lintonen with the Milwaukee Fire Department said.

Officer Tim Ptaszek

Officer Tim Ptaszek

Police and officials with the Milwaukee Fire Department performed life-saving measures on the woman and child. Both were taken to hospitals.

"Initially seeing the child in the water is always kind of shocking -- but having to revive him, the greatest sound in the world is when he started crying again," Officer Tim Ptaszek said.



Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this developing story.


  • Junell

    I don’t even know her but am so sad to hear of her struggle. May God be with the baby.. Thank you to all the responders who were there…this is sad

  • Michael Taylor

    I’m confused about the Obama part but her name is Brianna Bailey and it was her child. She was going through life struggles and just couldn’t take it anymore.

  • Mark

    damn. Just heard she didn’t make it. Just way too sad……… I hope a relative is able to take custody of the little boy.

    • Marley

      Breann, can you tell us how he is doing? This really got to some of us. I have two kids his age. I’ve been worried about him all night. Is he ok? Thank you!

  • brumh

    Thanks to the boys in Blue both MPD and MFD- hope the little one survives without incidence. To the family who just lost a daughter- thoughts and prayers to you.

  • Breann

    It was my cousin and the little boy was her son they were going through so much OK so give them a break please when people do suicidal stuff sometimes they don’t think right they just think about all the bad stuff but please don’t say anything negative it wasn’t right for her to take him too but just thank God that he lived

    • Shameka crayton

      Can’t no one say anything negative if they didn’t know her or what she was going threw. I’m sending prayer’s up for you and your family during this heart breaking time y’all just focus on what’s important block everything eles out I pray amen.

  • Shante

    This is so sad! I know the young lady she was lost in love with her child father to who did not want her anymore. He is a good guy though. He just wanted to care for his son and not be in a committed relationship with his child mother something she could not grasp in her life.

    • Love

      What the duck is wrong with you are you. You sound so DUMB you don’t know anything you sound like a groupie looking for attention. You don’t know what she was going through just cause you know of a person dosnt mean you know their life.

    • Tiffany

      This dumb Bytch..how tf you come up with that bullshyt?!??!! She was on some real life “STRUGGLE SHYT”..You dumb fuk

      • Cartier

        Y’all mad but all of her family on FB is saying the same thing….she was crazy in love but the guy didn’t wanna be with her soooo what is all the hostility about?!

  • IBS Nate

    Wow!!! Nice one, troll. I bet you laughed so hard when posting this in the basement that you woke up your mom, the home owner….stay classy Ass-Hat. No one is impressed and wish you drowned instead.
    Now, go find your wubbie, loser.

  • Tina

    Omg. This is such a sad story and almost had tears rolling down my face. I am praying for the child and his mother. This just shows that we never know what someone is going through emotionally, it takes alot for someone to decide that they are going to take their life and their child’s life. Most of us, learn to hide out real feelings and emotion ls because we dont’ want to be judged or just want people to think that we are fine, but in reality, we’re not. If you see a parent struggling, reach out and help rather thank being judgemental. Just think, maybe if a person or two reached out to her, maybe the outcome would have been different, or maybe not. This is just so sad. I didn’t know her but this hurt my heart like I knew her. I’m definitely praying that there are better and brighter days. I hope the mother can rest peaceful lly and hope the baby can recovery quickly. Lastly, Thank you MFD and MPD for all that yoy do. You guys are awesome.

  • mzgucci82

    This is so sad. I’m tripping at the fact that those guys watched her do it like come on now what ever happened to good Samaritans I wish I would’ve been there I would’ve helped her

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