Greenlee Marie and kittens

Greenlee Marie and her kittens (Family photo via GoFundMe)

10-Year-Old Girl Electrocuted While Trying To Save Her Kittens

July 13, 2018 - 11:21 am

NEW BOSTON, Texas (WWJ/AP) - Authorities in East Texas are investigating the death of a 10-year-old girl who was apparently electrocuted as she reached behind a clothes dryer to retrieve her kittens.

KSLA-TV in Shreveport, Louisiana, reports that the parents of Greenlee Marie said she was trying to rescue the pets when she died last Saturday, at the family's home in New Boston, Texas.

"She loved her babies. And she would do anything for them," mother Shelby Roos said of her daughter and her kittens. "I know she is up there right now with all of her babies."

It's unclear at this time if any charges are possible in connection with the girl's death. New Boston police Chief Garry McCrary told KSLA that it's "too early right now to go ahead and place blame and responsibility until the investigation is over."

While the chief did not elaborate, police and the fire department are currently investigating the wiring in the home, according to the Dallas Morning News

The girl's body was sent to Dallas for an autopsy.

Meanwhile, the creators of a GoFundMe campaign in Greenlee's name say funds raised will go to help animals. 

"At just 10 years of age, she had such a compassionate heart, not just for people but for orphaned and injured animals as well," reads a message on the GoFundMe page. 

"At the wishes of her beloved parents, Shelby Roos and Scott Hendrix, fundraising in Greenlee’s memory are being made available to all who knew her and loved her in our community. Her whole life she had enjoyed helping those less fortunate than herself, and had always planned when she was older to become a veterinarian and to help rescue more animals. So in honor of Greenlee we are asking that any donations be made, in lieu of flowers, cards, etc, her family would like to be able to collect funds to continue Greenlee’s passion of helping animals in our community. Please help us in honoring her memory by being her voice for the voiceless."

As of Friday, more than $10,200 had been raised toward a $25,000 goal.

New Boston is located about 20 miles from the Arkansas border and about 150 miles northeast of Dallas.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.