Dorchester County officials are investigating what Coroner Chris Nisbet called the “suspicious” death of a 37-year-old Summerville woman.
Tabetha Grooms died May 9 at a Charleston hospital, according to an obituary. She is survived by her husband, Larry Robert Grooms, 31, of Summerville.
On April 28, sheriff’s deputies and paramedics were dispatched to Grooms’ West Turner Street home about 10 p.m. concerning an intoxicated person fainting in a bathroom, a Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office incident report states.
Tabetha Grooms was already on a backboard when deputies arrived, according to the report. She did not move or speak and it appeared as though she was being given oxygen, deputies said.
Three adults and one child were at the home when authorities arrived, including Tabetha Grooms’ husband, the report said.
Larry Grooms told deputies that the events that night played out as follows:
Tabetha Grooms started drinking the night before and did not stop until shortly before she fainted.
She fell while attempting to close a window and complained of feeling sick.
Larry Grooms took his wife to a tub and helped her start a shower. He heard her fall moments later and called 911 after finding her unconscious.
Deputies reported seeing a small amount of blood on the tub. A pillow also was found under the faucet, the report said.
Paramedics told deputies that Tabetha Grooms did not have an injury that would cause her to lose blood. Larry Grooms reported that his wife had just started her menstrual cycle.
Nisbet said that Grooms’ death is considered suspicious, but he would not disclose any further details.
A funeral was scheduled for Tuesday evening at the Parks Funeral Home Chapel.
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