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Woman's family sues Indiana church, pastor after drowning

November 18, 2016

The family of an 18-year-old woman who drowned in a swimming pool at her pastor's home where she had been babysitting is suing the pastor and his northwest Indiana megachurch.

Domonique Smith's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit Thursday.

The suit was filed in civil court in Lake County, Indiana and accuses negligence. It names the Family Christian Center in Munster and pastors Steve and Melodye Munsey.

Smith died June 1, 2015, a few days after being found in the pool in Schererville. She had been babysitting Steve Munsey's 6-year-old granddaughter.

A coroner ruled her death an accident.

WLS-TV and The (Northwest Indiana) Times report that an attorney for the Munseys hadn't seen the lawsuit and declined to comment.

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