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7-month-old Buckeye boy recovering from near-drowning

March 4, 2009

A 7-month-old Buckeye boy is recovering from a near-drowning scare Tuesday night, when his mother found him face down in a bathtub, officials said.

This is the second incident in the Southwest Valley involving baby baths in a matter of days, except that the first one proved deadly.

About 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Buckeye Fire Department responded to a drowning at a home on the 2900 block of North Clanton in the Verrado community, fire Chief Bob Costello said. The baby's mother had taken him out of the bathtub and given him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

"The baby was conscious but very slow to respond, lethargic," Costello said.

The boy's condition improved from "very lethargic to crying" by the time he was airlifted to Phoenix Children's Hospital, said Costello, who described the baby's condition as "between good and critical."

"It was a good sign that the condition of the child was improving while we were there," he said. "That was a very positive outcome to what could have been a very negative event."

It is unclear how the baby ended up face down in the bathtub, but the mother said it was for only a couple of moments, Costello said.

"Any time you have children around any body of water, whether it be a bucket, a bathtub, a pond, a pool, all it takes is a second and you can never allow that lapse in attention," Costello warned. "The human supervision is the most critical piece of this."

On Feb. 21, an 8-month-old Avondale boy drowned after his 16-year-old mother reportedly placed him in the bathtub, turned on the water and left the bathroom alone. Avondale police are investigating whether to press charges against the mother.

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
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