10-year-old girl dies of electrocution after trying to rescue kittens from behind a dryer

Since possible electrocution could be a reason behind Greenlee's death, the wiring in her home is now being investigated by the fire marshal and the police department.


                            10-year-old girl dies of electrocution after trying to rescue kittens from behind a dryer

A 10-year-girl named Greenlee Marie Buckley died on Saturday from apparent electrocution while she was attempting to rescue kittens from behind a dryer in her home in Texas, according to police.

Greenlee reportedly loved animals and wanted to be a veterinarian when she grew up.

A New Boston Police Department spokesperson on Wednesday said that although officials are still investigating the cause of the little girl's death, they believe that it is probable that she died after "possible electrocution from the dryer," BuzzFeed reported.

Greenlee with her mother Shelby Ross. (Facebook/Shelby Roos)
Greenlee with her mother Shelby Ross. (Facebook/Shelby Roos)

An autopsy is reportedly being conducted by a medical examiner's office in Dallas to determine the cause of death.

Reports state that first responders arrived at the girl's home at nearly 7 pm on Saturday and performed CPR on her, however, her situation seemed critical. She was then rushed to a hospital nearby where she was pronounced dead, police said.

Since possible electrocution could be a reason behind Greenlee's death, the wiring in her home is now being investigated by three agencies: the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, the New Boston Police Department, and the fire marshal.

Greenlee pictured feeding a kitten. (Facebook/Shelby Roos)
Greenlee pictured feeding a kitten. (Facebook/Shelby Roos)

The authorities said that the family had previously complained about the electricity in their rented home. Reports state that ever since the tragic incident, the power to the house has been shut off and the family has willingly moved out from their residence to let the authorities probe.

Greenlee's mother, Shelby Roos, posted a heartfelt message about her daughter on Facebook and said: "She was such a light in this world and everyone she ever met couldn't help but fall in love with her."

Greenlee's mother, in the emotional post, wrote that her daughter is now with "all the animals she loved."

"Take peace in the fact that she is in heaven getting love from all the animals she loved with her whole heart," Roos wrote.

Roos, while talking to BuzzFeed, stated that her daughter was very compassionate: "She was the most compassionate person for all things living, at 10 years old, than most people have in a lifetime."

The mother reportedly also highlighted the importance of using professional electricians when dealing with the wiring of their residences and living spaces.

"Please talk about the dangers of an unlicensed electrician. And state you have the right to ask for proof [that] they are, and if your landlord doesn't listen, go above their heads. Call your local fire department for code enforcement," the mother said.

Greenlee's family has set up a GoFundMe page in memory of their daughter and considering their daughter's love for animals, they are asking for donations to help animals in their local community.

The GoFundMe page reads: "At just 10 years of age, she had such a compassionate heart, not just for people but for orphaned and injured animals as well."

Screenshot of the GoFundMe page set up Greenlee's family. 
Screenshot of the GoFundMe page set up Greenlee's family.