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Flint family mourning after 4-year-old drowns during birthday party

Published: Jul. 19, 2021 at 5:42 PM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - A Flint family was wracked by tragedy when their 4-year-old drowned during a birthday party.

Brantlee Reynolds’ aunt said the little boy was out of state in Florida celebrating his birthday party and another family member’s over the weekend. He was out of sight for little more than a second, but she said that was all it took.

A 12-year-old neighbor found Brantlee in the family pool. His parents were in Florida on Monday, preparing to bring their son home to Flint. Aunt Josie Schramm had to fight back tears, but vowed Brantlee’s loss would change lives.

“There was never a terrible bone in that kids body,” she said. “All he wanted to do was make everybody happy. The support we’re getting around. Michigan right now, honestly, is so overwhelming. Brantlee, just being the awesome kid that he was is changing so many people’s lives.”

Schramm and the family were already in the process of setting up a tribute to Brantlee on Monday, who they said loved monster trucks. They’d like to put a show together in his honor to pass that love on to other children in Brantlee’s memory.

A ride and benefit dinner have also been planned. The ride begins at 2 p.m. on July 31 at the Down the Hatch North Bar & Grill in Mt. Morris. Dinner will follow.

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