Blount County child dies after falling from tree

ONEONTA, Ala. (WIAT) — A Blount County girl has passed away after falling from a tree while trying to tie a tree swing, according to the Blount County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Deputies and a local fired department arrived to a home on Painter Road around 6 p.m. on Friday, according to Tim Kent with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office. When they arrived on the scene, Alexsis Payne, 13, was found in distress.

According to those at the scene, Payne climbed the tree and was able to tie off the swing when she fell, and the rope tightened around her abdomen. Payne’s father was able to cut her down, and her mother began performing CPR on the girl, giving over control to Snead police when she became too exhausted to continue, according to Alexsis’s mother.

 The visitation for Alexsis will be at Lemley Funeral Home Tuesday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. She will lie in state at Lester Memorial on Wednesday beginning at 10 a.m. with the funeral to follow at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow at Austin Creek cemetery.

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