Boaters in New York state made a grisly discovery today, finding a 6-year-old girl clinging to a woman's corpse in the middle of a lake.
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection identified the woman Tuesday as 59-year-old Pamela Kaner of Brewster, New York, The Associated Press reported.
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It's not yet clear what happened, but Kaner was seen wading in Lake Gleneida with the girl shortly before the drowning was reported.
Kaner, a friend of the girl's mother, was watching the girl while her mother ran an errand, The News-Times reported.
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Two men and a woman in a row boat found the child clinging to Kaner's corpse and crying for help in the middle of the Putnam County lake at around 5 p.m. Monday.
The boaters initially thought the girl was hanging onto a large plastic bag, but realized it was a body upon closer inspection, The Journal News reported.
They put a life vest on the child, brought her to shore and called 911, according to the AP.
An autopsy on the woman was planned.