By: Kali Nicole
Serena Garrett's family says the more they learn, the more confused they are about what happened to their little girl. The only thing certain about the dead of the 12-year-old, is that she will be missed.
"It was a blessing to watch her grow up. She loved to sing and dance, and was a very happy child. You rarely saw her in a bad mood. So it's a really sad occasion to see someone go who brightened so many lives," said Kturi Myles, a friend of the family.
Sunday, police responded to a home in East Lincoln, near 90th and Leighton, for a medical emergency. Inside, Garrett was unresponsive. Police say prescription bottles were found throughout the house, where Garrett and several others were babysitting for Ashley Parsons.
"Saturday evening, she wanted to go out on the town with some friends so she had invited a couple of female juveniles over to baby-sit her two one-year-old twins," said Chief Jim Peschong with the Lincoln Police Department.
Tuesday, we learned 23-year-old Parsons spent a year and four months behind bars for delivery of cocaine. Parsons is the kind of person the Garrett's say Serena would not knowingly surround herself with.
"She wasn't a drug user. She didn't take pills, she's an innocent little girl. She was 12-years-old," said the Garrett family on Tuesday.
A young, beautiful child the family says they're now left to grieve with nothing but questions and the hope they can honor her the way she would have wanted.
In addition to an autopsy, police are also doing tests to see what was in Serena's system to help determine what killed her. There is a memorial fund set up in Serena Garrett's name, you can make donations to it at any Great Western Bank.