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Daonah Watts Smith

  • Birth 1 Sep 1999 Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 25 Apr 2006 Steelton, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 14067590

Child Dies After Going Into Burning House To Save Mom

POSTED: 12:49 pm EDT April 25, 2006

STEELTON, Pa. -- There was a tragic end for a young girl who tried to find her mother in a burning house.

Police said 6-year-old Da-Onah Watts got out of her burning Pennsylvania home with an older cousin but ran back inside to find her mother. What she didn't know was that her mom, Myiaa Smith, had already jumped to safety from a second-floor window.

Smith saw her daughter run back into the burning home, Steelton Mayor Tom Acri said

"She's taking it very hard," Steelton Fire Chief Gene Vance said. "She's just in total shock and can't talk right now."

Police said Da-Onah and an older cousin were on the first floor when they awoke to see flames at about 12:30 a.m. and ran out of the house. The older girl, Nesha Barely, lost her grip on Da-Onah but at first did not realize she had gone back inside.

The mayor of Steelton, Pa., said firefighters found the child's body under a bed on the second floor.

Police Chief Kenneth Lenker said the child played in a neighborhood where everyone knew her and police routinely waved at her. Lenker said her death is a tragedy for the entire town.

"The little daughter was so beautiful," said neighbor Aealbrgo Sanches. "She played around with my daughter all the time."

The fire began around 12:30 a.m. on the first floor of the home, firefighters said. The blaze is not considered suspicious, WGAL-TV in Lancaster, Pa., reported.


Daonah Watts Smith


1 Sep 1999


25 Apr 2006



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