Father accused of trying to drown 2-year-old daughter at Running Springs camp after she threatened to report him
A two-year-old child was left in critical condition after she attempted to drown her mother in a pond at a Running Springs camp run by a man accused of trying to drown an 8-month-old son at the camp in February.
David K. Lohr, 28, was arrested in February following a 911 call from a campsite employee claiming that a woman was trying to drown her 2-year-old daughter.
Lohr, who had been living at the Running Springs camp in New Albany, was charged with reckless homicide of a child and child abuse.
At some point, the Little Lillecamps camp manager, who was in the process of moving her campsite, dropped her infant daughter into the running water near a nearby campground pond, according to county police.
“While they were sitting on the bench watching the activities in the running, she felt someone grab her and pull her out of the water,” the Little Lillecamps camp manager, Megan Saucier, 32, told a TV station this week. “She immediately took off and ran out of the campground.”
“She yelled at me, ‘Help me! I’m being kidnapped,’” Saucier said during our initial interview with her.
The child went into cardiac arrest and was later pronounced brain dead. The woman who had allegedly dragged her out of the running water at Running Springs called police and went to a hospital, where she was treated and released.
Lohr initially told investigators that he had only been at the camp as a guest and denied having assaulted the child.
But prosecutors did not find his story credible.
Lohr was arrested and charged with reckless homicide and child abuse in February. The charges were upgraded to murder charges for the death of the child after the medical examiner’s report said she had died of asphyxiation, according to the District Attorney.
The two charges are not related.