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4-year-old girl dies after drowning at Aynor home

A 4-year-old died after she reportedly drowned in a pool at an Aynor home on the Fourth of July.

Horry County Deputy Coroner Michelle McSpadden said Kendall Stimatze-Marez drowned that night. Her family recently moved to the area from Kansas.

Neighbors said the family was renting the house and had been living there for only hours when the drowning occurred. Nobody answered the door at the home on Friday.

Horry County Fire Rescue initially responded to the drowning at the home on Happy Lane, where EMS treated her before taking her to the hospital, said Mark Nugent with HCFR. The incident happened about 8:45 p.m.

Additional details surrounding the drowning have not been released. Horry County police are investigating.

Michaela Broyles: 843-626-0281, @MichaelaBroyles

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