Toddler Nearly Drowns in Apartment Complex Pond in Jacksonville, Florida
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - According to an online news report on news4jax.com, a small child was rescued from an apartment complex pond on Jacksonville's Westside.*
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the toddler is in "very critical condition" at a local area hospital. The report states that an apartment resident spotted two small children in the pond and contacted 911. One Jacksonville law enforcement officer pulled a toddler from the water.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office stated that first responders responded to a call from a resident at the Madelyn Oaks Apartments at around 9:45 AM. The resident called 911 and then walked over to the small children. Once a law enforcement officer arrived, a child was in the water. The law enforcement officer jumped into the pond, swam to the toddler, and then pulled the two-year-old child out of the pond.
A resident, who didn't want to be identified, said they witnessed the officer running to the pond and jumping in to try to save the child. She said a maintenance man also helped. The officer initiated C.P.R. on the child until paramedics arrived, and the toddler was transported to a local area hospital where it is listed in "very critical condition."
The other child was around three years old and was not harmed. The children's genders were not released.
Investigators with Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer and the Department of Children and Families are working together to understand how the toddlers were able to get to the pond. They interviewed the parents of the toddlers.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission states that child drownings have increased over high last year. Moreover, near-drowning injuries increased by 17%. The commission states that the majority of children who drown are five years of age or younger. Caregivers should not leave children unattended, and parents should teach their kids to swim.
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