Girl found in NY lake clinging to dead body

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Associated Press

CARMEL, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities are investigating what happened to a 6-year-old girl who was found clinging to the corpse of a family friend in a reservoir north of New York City.

The girl, whose name was not released, was rescued by people in a rowboat who heard her crying out for help. She was treated at a hospital and released.

The child told police that 59-year-old Pamela Kaner took her into the water in Lake Gleneida on Monday afternoon. The girl says Kaner was holding her when something went wrong.

An autopsy is planned to uncover Kaner's cause of death. Police say she could have drowned or suffered a medical emergency while wading with the girl.

Police say Kaner was caring for the child while her mother was running an errand.

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