Columbus drowning victim identified as 5-year-old girl

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COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – The victim in a midmorning drowning in Lowndes County has been identified.

Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant said 5-year-old Annabelle Bush was found in a small pond not far from her home in the New Hope area.

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The property owners discovered her.

Merchant said his office pronounced the child dead at Baptist Memorial Hospital shortly after the accident.

The investigation into the drowning is on-going. More information will be released later.

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