Coroner: Child’s capsizing death was accidental


The Dauphin County coroner’s office has released the results of an autopsy on a 3-year-old girl who died after a boat capsized on the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg last week.

Madelyn Binkley died of accidental freshwater drowning, Coroner Graham Hetrick said after the autopsy was performed Tuesday morning.

Binkley was with her mother and father, 25-year-old Mary Bredbenner and 26-year-old Cody Binkley, both of Palmyra, when their boat capsized near the Dock Street Dam on the night of May 7. Her body was found Thursday evening near the Middletown boat launch.

Bredbenner’s body was found near the Pennsylvania Turnpike bridge. An autopsy found she also died of accidental freshwater drowning.

Cody Binkley, Bredbenner’s fiance, was able to make it to shore. He was hospitalized for treatment of hypothermia.

Madelyn Binkley and Mary Bredbenner

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