The Madison County Coroner's Office says the death of a seven year old Glen Carbon girl over the weekend was apparently linked to a heart condition. Gabrielle Howard was playing at a new park and splash pad in Edwardsville on Saturday when she suffered a seizure and later died at a local hospital.
Authorities say an ambulance was called to the Leon Corlew Park and Splash Pad around 1:15pm Saturday after the girl collapsed and was unresponsive. She was taken to Anderson Hospital in Maryville where she died a short time later. The Coroner's Office says an autopsy revealed Gabrielle suffered from a congenital heart condition that was unknown to her family. Funeral arrangements are pending.