Sep 262011

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. – A baby girl was found unresponsive in a bathtub at a home in Queen Creek near the Hunt Highway and Arizona Farms Road Wednesday afternoon.

The child, just 8-months-old, was blue in color, wasn’t breathing and had gone into cardiac arrest.

According to Rural Metro crews, she was found by her mother, who then grabbed the girl, ran to a neighbor’s home and called 911.

The girl was given CPR and rushed to Banner Ironwood Hospital in extremely critical condition. On the way, EMTs were able to establish a faint pulse.

The baby was then air lifted to Cardon Children’s Center in Mesa. Doctors have not been able to stablize her, and she is not breathing on her own. As of 3:30 p.m., doctors have not been able to detect any brain activity.

We’re told family members are now gathered around her at the hospital, saying their goodbyes. Doctors are required to wait 24 hours before declaring a patient brain dead.

The mother claims the girl was in the tub for a few seconds. She claims that she turned away to grab a towel and the child was floating face down.

The mother in this case has been identified as Patricia Schettler. Her daughter is named Chevelle Schettler.

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

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