Drowned girl's mother questions sitter's actions

Posted at 11:39 PM, May 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-26 13:22:04-04

“I wouldn’t wish this on anybody,” Crystal Trietley told 7 Eyewitness News. “It’s the worst pain in the world to lose a child.”

When Trietley, a mother of three went to work on Tuesday, she didn’t think twice about leaving her little ones in the care of a sitter.

“I was at work and I got a phone call from my fiancé telling me that Chloe was found in the bathtub unresponsive.”

Trietley rushed to Kenmore Mercy Hospital, where doctors fought to save her little girl. “They said I’m sorry we couldn’t get her heart started over and I felt like my whole world fell apart.”

Investigators are still working to piece together what happened in those moments before Chloe died.

Trietley questions the babysitter’s actions. “She drowned in a bathtub when she was supposed to be watched by somebody that I thought I could trust with her.”

This pain is all too familiar for the families on Peoria Street.

In February, on the very same street, Buffalo Police found another little girl drowned inside a bathroom. They ruled her death an accident.

As a mother works to fight through her pain, she hopes she’s able to touch other Western New York families.

“I just want something good to come out of this I want people to be aware that this can happen,” Trietley tells 7 Eyewitness News through tears. “You can’t leave children alone.”