Daughter Found Dead In Window

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An 18-year-old woman who misplaced her keys died while trying to climb through an open window into her house.

Felecia Michele Jones died on Friday while her family attended a revival service at Chapel of Faith. On Mother's Day, Rosa McVay was inconsolable over her daughter's death.

Family friend Tiffany McKnight said Jones had arrived home from her part-time job at Hand-Craft Cleaners, stacked several old paint cans on a wooden bench and attempted to climb into an open window in the rear of the house.

"It was heavy and apparently just came down on her neck," she said.

When the family arrived home shortly after 10 p.m., they saw Jones' book bag on the front porch along with a bag of uneaten food and a drink, McKnight said. A short time later, Jones' brother discovered her body at the window, McKnight said.

"He said he called after her. When he didn't get any response he went over and tapped her on the leg," she said.

"It's just so sad," McKnight said. "So sad for her family; especially the mother."

The Summit County Medical Examiner's office has ruled the death an accident.

Jones was a senior at Akron's Central-Hower High School, where she was a good student. Jones, one of nine children, was eyeing a career as a dental technician.

Central-Hower Principal Richard Rudgers called Jones' death a shock.

"It really is," he said. "Felecia was having attendance problems but she really turned that around because she loved the dental program so much. She was really a positive person."

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