Police ID 4-year-old girl, grandfather who drowned in Md. backyard pool

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to indicate that one of the victims was the girl’s grandfather. An earlier version of the story stated that it was the girl’s uncle who died. This story has also been updated to reflect the names of the victims. 

WASHINGTON – A 4-year-old girl and her grandfather drowned in a backyard pool in Severna Park, Maryland, Thursday.

Anne Arundel County police have identified the victims as 4-year-old Aryannah Wooten and Lemuel Kane, 51, both of the 400 block of Asbury Drive in Severna Park.

Anne Arundel County police say a group of kids was swimming at a pool on Jamar Drive when they noticed Wooten, struggling in the deep-end of the pool. After trying unsuccessfully to pull her out, the kids notified the girl’s grandfather, who was sitting poolside.

Police say Kane could not swim — but he jumped in after the girl anyway in an attempt to rescue her.

The kids then ran several doors down to alert the little girl’s great grandmother — who called 911, police said.

Firefighters arrived and found the two at the bottom of the deep end of the pool, about nine feet down.

Emergency crews transported the girl and the man to the hospital, where they died.

Below is a map with the location near the incident:

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