The young granddaughter of Auburn City Council member Dorissa Shackelford died Wednesday night from drowning. Winder rescue responded at about 8 p.m. to a house in the 100 block of McElroy Street, and the victim was receiving CPR when police arrived.
Four-year-old Alexis Redmond was taken to Barrow Regional Medical Center but died before she could be life flighted to Egleston Children’s Hospital, according to Winder Police Chief Dennis Dorsey.
Dorsey would not disclose details about the incident because it is under investigation.
The Jan. 6 regular meeting of the Auburn City Council has been canceled, with all actions postponed to the next regular meeting Jan. 19.
"All of the council is grieving with Dorissa," said Mayor Linda Blechinger, who was to have been sworn into office for her second term at the meeting.
The mayor instead was sworn into office by Auburn city clerk Rafael Avalos. She said she would soon administer the oath of office to Shackelford and to Councilwoman Peggy Langley.
Blechinger said the council's Jan. 19 meeting would start a half-hour early at 6:30 p.m.
Alexis, a native of Winder, was the daughter of Bradford Paul and Darlene J. Edge Redmond of Auburn.
Visitation has been scheduled for 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at Smith Funeral Home in Winder. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, in Smith Memory Chapel with the Rev. Phil Williams officiating. Interment will follow at the Auburn City Cemetery.
The mayor said a fund has been set up at Smith Funeral Home to help the family pay for the funeral.
"Please make all donations directly to Smith Funeral Home," Blechinger said.