Balloon release held for Dayton girl who drowned at Miamisburg hotel

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Balloon release Monday night at Mallory Park for a four-year-old girl who drowned Sunday night at a Miamisburg hotel.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Family and friends held a balloon release Monday night at Mallory Park for a four-year-old girl who drowned Sunday night at a Miamisburg hotel.

Jaia Marshall died at Dayton Children’s Medical Center South after she was pulled from the pool at SpringHill Suites hotel.

Monia Thomas, Jaia’s mom, thanked everyone for their support and donations at the balloon release.

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“We having a balloon release to remember my baby Jaia. She passed away last night, and I just want to thank everybody for coming out, I didn’t know so many people loved her,” she said.

Thomas says Jaia’s family includes many siblings and her grandma who are there to support her.

“I’m just trying to take it a day at a time,” she said. “We just wanna thank everybody for coming out to help me through this time in need.”

A date or time for the funeral service has not yet been set.

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