The mother of a 5-year-old girl who drowned at a Jasper city pool in July have sued the city and the lifeguards on duty that day.
Faithlynn Blankenship died at the public pool at Memorial Park Natatorium Park on July 6.
Jasper Police Chief J.C. Poe said at the time that eight lifeguards were on duty that afternoon.
The lawsuit, filed in Walker County Circuit Court Thursday by attorneys Matt Glover and Coe Baxter of Tuscaloosa firm Prince Glover Hayes, claims negligence by the city and the lifeguards.
The incident was captured on surveillance video, the attorneys said in the complaint.
The lifeguards, they said, "can be seen leaving their post, not paying attention to those swimming, ignoring Faithlynn Blankenship in distress, not rescuing her, and failing to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
"In total, Faithlynn Blankenship was under water for over five minutes. During this time, the lifeguard closest to Faithlynn Blankenship abandoned his post. Faithlynn Blankenship sinks to the bottom of the pool. Her body is retrieved by another patron at the pool."
Faithlynn was transported to Walker Baptist Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. The police chief said at a news conference in July that all of the lifeguards were state-certified and trained, and that three of the eight were supervisors.
Faithlynn, who lived with her family in Empire, was survived by her mother and step-father, her father, four sisters, grandparents, great-grandparents and two great-great grandmothers.