Baylee Claire Doss
Baylee Claire Doss

Family of toddler who drowned in Addis: “It’s an unimaginable nightmare” to lose only child

  • Baylee Claire Doss
  • Baylee Claire Doss
  • Baylee Claire Doss
  • Baylee Claire Doss
  • Baylee Claire Doss
  • Baylee Claire Doss

ADDIS — Monday, April 8, 2024 is the funeral for 3-yr-old Baylee Doss, who died after drowning in a neighborhood pool on April 3, 2024. It’s why loved ones are now asking West Baton Rouge Parish and beyond to do what they do best, support the family. In this case, it is by “going blue.”

Thanks to the sweet idea of Samantha Lovelace Travasos, Monday the neighborhood of Sugar Mill will be going BLUE for Baylee Doss, the local 3 year old that tragically lost her life. We want YOU to join with us!
She was diagnosed autistic, and unfortunately, drowning is the leading cause of death for autistic children. Baylee’s mom, Abbi, has been passionate about spreading awareness to honor Baylee’s life. Let her know we are with her THIS Monday, April 8th! This is the day they lay Baylee to rest, and her family will need the love and support from the community.

We often see the puzzle piece ribbon of different colors, but autism awareness is blue ribbon! Please light your house up BLUE if you can! If you can’t, you can wear blue instead in honor of this sweet baby’s life! Post on socials (set to public so mom can see the support), with hashtag #blueforbaylee

They’re also still collecting items and cards for a care package for the parents! I have a small bin at my front door!

Organizers

The family of three-year-old Baylee Doss, who died April 3, 2024 in the Addis drowning, is opening up about their unimaginable loss.

It was around 11 a.m. on April 3 when officials responded to a home on River’s Edge Dr. for a child in a pool for a possible drowning. After the Addis drowning, Baylee Claire Doss was flown to OLOL Children’s Hospital but did not survive.

“Baylee was just the sweetest girl that you could ever imagine,” Kainon Doss, Baylee’s father, tells UWK. “She may not have showed her love to everybody. She was diagnosed autistic, but everybody that knew her knew how much she loved them. And everybody showed her so much love.”

The toddler’s family says that she loved Bluey, Paw Patrol and Gabby’s Dollhouse. They also say that she loved dancing and singing.

“Baylee was a bubbly, headstrong, independent baby girl,” Baylee’s nanny Lindsay Jones said. “She was our angel.”

Baylee would have celebrated her fourth birthday on April 28. Her family is now trying to navigate their future without their only child, who they say was the light of their lives.

“It’s been lonely, oddly quiet. It doesn’t feel real,” Baylee’s mom Abbi Doss told UWK. “It’s an unimaginable nightmare that I just really want to wake up from. I keep saying that I want to go home, but Baylee was my home. It doesn’t feel like home without her anymore.”

Visitation will be held at Wilbert Funeral Home in Plaquemine on Monday, April 8, 2024, from 10 a.m. until religious services at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Grace Memorial Park in Plaquemine.

Anyone wishing to help the family offset medical costs, you can donate to their GoFundMe.

Numerous studies show drowning is the leading cause of death among children diagnosed with Autism. It’s why the Doss family wanted to stress to parents of children with Autism to please pay extra attention to your children, especially around water.

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