Benefit Fund Started For Two Year Old Drowning Victim

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UNION, MO (KTVI)-A two year old girl drowned Sunday in a small pool in Union, MO.  She and her twin brother somehow got out of the back door of their trailer home on Halligan Estate Rd. around 8:00am.

According to Union, MO Police, the twins’ three year old brother discovered the back door open and alerted an adult in the home, identified as the boyfriend of the children’s mother, who was at work.  He began to search for the children. The little boy could be heard down the street at a neighbor’s home where the family dog was also found barking.  The boy was found standing next to a small pool. His twin sister was discovered submerged in the water.

CPR was started. When emergency crews arrived on the scene, they took over. All attempts to revive the girl were unsuccessful

The owners of the pool had no idea the twins were in the yard. They were sleeping and were awakened by screaming.  They are reportedly grief stricken that this has happened. The two families did not know each other as the family with the pool had just moved in.

There were just 18 inches of water in pool. There is no fence around the pool, which is a self-rising, portable model.

The girl has been identified as Payton Craig. A benefit fund  has been set up to help pay the $3,630 in funeral expenses for her. You can donate to the account "Benefit for Payton Craig" at the Bank of Sullivan. The funeral home, Mid Lawn Funeral Home in Union, will take donations directly too. You can reach them at 636-583-3722.

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