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Toddler’s Drowning Ruled Homicide

September 15, 1998

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) _ A toddler who drowned while her father allegedly got high in a ``sex dungeon″ was pushed into the swimming pool by another child who made no effort to rescue her or call for help, prosecutors said Tuesday.

The May 24 death has been ruled a homicide, but no charges will be filed against the 7-year-old girl, whose identity has not been released, said Camden County Prosecutor Lee A. Solomon. She will instead receive counseling and therapy, Solomon said.

Samantha Wann, 3, drowned in a 4-foot above-ground pool in the backyard of a Cherry Hill home while her father allegedly partied inside with a sadomasochist couple and smoked the hallucinogen PCP, authorities said.

An autopsy showed the toddler had been sexually assaulted a short time before her death. The sexual assault remains under investigation.

Samantha was found fully clothed at the bottom of the pool. Solomon said the 7-year-old became angry with Samantha for some reason before pushing her in.

Samantha’s father, Michael Wann, 34, of Camden, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child for leaving his daughter unsupervised.

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