Pro volleyball player Morgan Beck Miller – the wife of Olympic skier Bode Miller– spoke out for the first time Tuesday about the death of the couple’s baby daughter last month in a pool and said she hopes “no other parent feels this pain.”
“It’s been 37 days since I’ve held my baby girl. I pray to God no other parent feels this pain,” she wrote on Instagram with a picture of daughter Emeline Grier Miller, a 19-month-old who drowned in a neighbor’s pool on June 9.
The 31-year-old grieving California mother thanked Tennessee mom Nicole Hughes, an activist for kids pool safety, and parenting website Scary Mommy for their support.
“My heart is with you @nicolehughes8 as we walk this journey together,” Beck wrote. “And thank you @scarymommy for helping us spread awareness.”
Beck reminded parents to always keep their eyes on kids by the pool.
“Drowning is the NUMBER ONE cause of death in children ages 1-4. We talk about vaccinations, car seats, organic foods, screen time, etc at length…but not the number one risk your childrens’ lives face…a silent killer,” she wrote.
“It takes SECONDS. Please share and help us spread awareness. It’s the first step to preventing these types of tragedies.”
Beck and Miller have one other child, son Nash Skan Miller, 3.
The mom and daughter were at a neighbor’s home on June 9 and Beck was talking to others inside the Orange County house when she noticed Emeline wasn’t with her.
She looked outside and spotted the girl in the pool, officials said.
The girl was pulled out and CPR performed before paramedics arrived to rush her to a nearby hospital where she died.