Fayette County

3-year-old ‘hero’ dies in Lexington. Investigation underway.

Lillyann Grace Reck, 3, died at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. Police are investigating to determine what happened before she was discovered unresponsive in a neighbor’s apartment.
Lillyann Grace Reck, 3, died at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. Police are investigating to determine what happened before she was discovered unresponsive in a neighbor’s apartment. Joshua Reck

The death of a 3-year-old girl is being investigated by Lexington police who said she was found unresponsive in an apartment.

Lillyann Grace Reck was found at 1040 Cross Keys Road on Dec. 10, according to police and the Fayette County coroner.

CPR was immediately performed on the child, who was then taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, Lexington police spokesman Donnell Gordon said.

She died Friday night at 9:01 p.m., according to the coroner’s office, which released the information Monday.

An autopsy was expected to help determine the cause of Lillyann’s death, the coroner’s office said.

“At this point, we’re just investigating every angle we can,” Gordon said.

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In a phone interview, Reck claimed his daughter was left with a neighbor of Lillyann’s mother when the mother and her husband left for work.

Reck said that Lillyann was an organ donor. She was in the hospital for four days.

“She gave the ultimate sacrifice to save someone else,” he said.

Because of custody issues, Reck had not seen Lillyann for more than a year, he said. From his short time with her, he remembers a happy and cheerful girl.

“She liked to swing, she liked to go on car rides with me and bobble her little head and dance,” Reck said. “We didn’t listen to my music. We listened to ‘Wheels on the Bus,’ and I had education CDs for her that would make her smarter.”

Reck lives in Grayson, Ky., but was working in Texas when he was notified about his daughter’s condition. He does not have the details about what happened to Lillyann.

“(Police) don’t know what happened. The only people who do know ain’t talking,” Reck said. “I want to know right now. I want to know every day what happened to my baby girl.”

Her stepmother, Shannon Reck, said Lilly “will be known as a hero.”

“Somewhere some family prayers have been answered. A part of her will live on,” Shannon Reck said.

Lillyann will have a private funeral, Joshua Reck said.

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