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Oklahoma toddler drowns in residential pool

A 1-year-old girl drowned in a swimming pool Tuesday night near Muldrow, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: August 22, 2013 at 6:05 pm •  Published: August 22, 2013

A toddler drowned in a swimming pool Tuesday night, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Lakelyn Thornell, 1, of Muldrow, was pronounced dead about 11 p.m. Tuesday at a Fort Smith, Ark., hospital, the patrol reported.

The girl was swimming with other children in an above-ground pool about 8 p.m. at a Sequoyah County home west of Muldrow. None of the adults realized she had gotten back into the pool until she was discovered floating face down in the water, according to a patrol report.

The girl's flotation device had been removed and it is not known how long she was in the water before she was discovered, troopers said. has disabled the comments for this article.


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