Drowning takes the life of state senator’s 2-year-old granddaughter

Senator Ken Horn with grandchildren 'Zellie' and Liam. (Photo: Senator Ken Horn's office)

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – The granddaughter of a state senator has died in a weekend drowning, that’s according to both the senator’s office and the Frankenmuth Police Department.

Senator Ken Horn’s office issued a statement saying his 2-year-old granddaughter Zelda ‘Zellie’ Rowan Horn had just celebrated her second birthday.

Frankenmuth police reported they received a call for a possible drowning Sunday evening at approximately 7:00 p.m.

When they arrived they found the child’s father performing CPR on her in the front lawn.

Officers took over until EMTs could arrive to rush the child to Covenant Hospital where she was pronounced dead at approximately 8:30 p.m.

According to police, the 2-year-old managed to exit the home into the back yard where an in-ground swimming pool was located.

After both parents searched for the little girl, she was found unresponsive in the swimming pool.

That’s when the father jumped in to rescue and revive her before emergency responders arrived.

“On behalf of the entire family, we would like to share our deep appreciation to our area first responders; firefighters, police and EMT that arrived quickly on the scene. We also extend our most sincere gratitude to the nurses and doctors at Covenant Hospital for your care and empathy,” said Senator Horn in his statement.

Both the senator’s office and Frankenmuth police report the family needs ‘space and time to grieve’ during this tragedy.

“Our entire family is struggling to come to grips with this tragedy and our first day without Zellie. Kevin and Ruth are extraordinarily private people that were thrust into a very public life. It is on their behalf we ask for space, and time to grieve,” said the senator.

Horn said his office would share further details as they become available while asking for everyone to keep them in their prayers during their time of overwhelming grief.

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