PITTSFIELD -- A state medical examiner says early findings appear to confirm that a 2-year-old city girl did die from drowning on Saturday.

Dr. Andrew Sexton's preliminary findings, released by the Berkshire District Attorney's Office on Thursday, were based on the autopsy he conducted Tuesday on Raquelle "Roxy" Paris.

A final determination on the cause of death is pending further studies, according to the DA's office.

On Saturday around 3:15 p.m., the Pittsfield Police department received a 911 call that Roxy was found under the water in the family pool at 19 Victor St.

Emergency Medical technicians from Action Ambulance rushed the girl to Berkshire Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police say adults were at the residence when the apparent drowning occurred, one of whom made the 911 call.

Meanwhile, a Mass of the Angels for Roxy will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Church in Pittsfield. The Rev. Peter A. Gregory will officiate.

The burial will be private.

Donations in the girl's name can be made to The Roxy Fund through the Dery Funeral Home, 54 Bradford St. in Pittsfield.

To reach Dick Lindsay:
rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com,
or (413) 496-6233.


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