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Three-year-old drowns

A three-year-old girl died Monday evening after wandering away from family and into an above ground pool. Coroner Jim Smith identified the dead child as Payton Wall. The incident occurred at a home at 689 Hwy. 18 West. The family had enjoyed an afternoon around the pool and gone inside but the little girl got past the adults and got back into the pool area. The grandmother eventually found the child who was taken to Spalding Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead about 15 minutes later, Smith said. Smith was alerted by the hospital at 7:28 p.m. The three-year-old’s body was taken to the state crime lab for autopsy. Funeral arrangements are pending

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