Coroner: 'Something not right' in death of Summerville woman

Tabetha Grooms (Source: Facebook)
Tabetha Grooms (Source: Facebook)

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Authorities are investigating after a Summerville woman died almost two weeks after she was found unresponsive in a bath tub in her home.

Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet and the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office are still looking into the death of 37-year-old Tabetha Grooms.

According to an incident report, deputies responded to 137 West Turner Street early Apr. 28 after receiving reports of an intoxicated person fainting in the bath tub. When they arrived, EMS and fire workers had already loaded Grooms onto a backboard.

The deputy said Grooms was not moving or speaking, and was apparently being supplied oxygen. The deputy first spoke with the victim's husband, who said Grooms had been drinking since "the night before."

The man said Grooms fell while attempting to close the bay windows at the front of the home, and then began sick, so he took her to the tub to help her start a shower.

The victim's husband said moments later, he heard her fall. The man said he walked inside the bathroom to find her unconscious in the tub, so he called 911.

The woman was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina, where she later died on May 9.

A small amount of blood was found on the ledge and in the bottom of the bath tub. There was also a pillow in the bath tub under the faucet, according to the incident report. When a deputy asked EMS officials what injury Grooms had suffered to cause her to lose blood, they said they did not find one.

When pressed for an explanation, the deputy said the victim's husband told him Grooms had just started "her cycle."

According to the report, two older family members and a young child who lived at the home were also present.

While deputies originally listed in their report that no one gave any indications of foul play, Nisbet says there is "something not right."

Officials have not said when they expect to rule on the death.

Copyright 2013 WCSC.  All rights reserved.