Family has questions after mother's swimming accident in Belleville Lake

- A mother of four died after falling into the deep waters of Belleville Lake, but the family still has questions about what really happened that night.

"When we were leaving, I saw the ambulance and everything going past us," says Bridget Corn. "And I just got a gut feeling like, what if that's my mom? And I just ignored it."

Now, a  family is in mourning after a mother of four died days after a swimming accident. Loretta Jackson was in Belleville Lake at Van Buren Park when she nearly drowned July 23.

Corn says her mother was swimming with her boyfriend when it happened. Loretta's family has not been able to contact him since.

"I just got off the phone with the lady that pulled her out of the water and she just said they were just out in the deep end past the buoys," Corn says. "She just saw his head; she didn't see her head, and they were kind of going up and down and after a while he ends up yelling out help. They heard him so they came over and pulled her out of the water."

That Good Samaritan performed CPR on Loretta once she was brought back to the shore. EMTs transported her to the hospital, where Corn says doctors tried to keep her alive.

Loretta died three days after nearly drowning. She was 44 years old.

"She was the best mother figure anybody could ask for," says a relative Ladonna McQuarter. "I lost my mother when I was really young and when I got with her son she always told me, 'No matter what happens between you two, you're always going to be my daughter.'"

"She was such a good person," Corn says. "She always took care of all of us and held us all together as a family."

There has been no comment from Van Buren police.

Loretta's funeral is set for Wednesday her family is still raising money to pay for it. If you'd like to make a donation you can do so here on the family's GoFundMe site

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