Birthdays are big occasions for little kids. It's not just the anticipation of tearing into presents, but also having fun with family and friends, enjoying delicious cake and celebrating the big milestone.
While Lexie's family was busy bustling around preparing for her ninth birthday party, something tragic and terrible was unfolding. Only Lexie was aware of what was happening, but she couldn't tell anyone.
Their mom Kelly Jackson headed upstairs to change clothes for the party while their grandmother Nancy Comeau-Drisdelle brought Leeland downstairs after he awoke from his nap. Nancy continued working on party details in the kitchen while Leeland toddled about.
That's when Lexie spied Leeland slipping out the unlocked patio door. He closed the door behind him and headed straight for the family's swimming pool.
Lexie knew Leeland was in harm's way. But she couldn't rush after him or holler for help.
So the brave little girl mustered all of her strength and began shrieking. She managed to point at the door while screeching, alerting her family that something was wrong, Kelly told CTV Atlantic.
"All of the sudden, I'm upstairs and I hear her screaming... We've never heard her scream like that."