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Baby nearly drowns in bucket of water

Sept. 21, 2007

A 1-year-old infant is in good condition after nearly drowning in Phoenix on Friday afternoon.

Phoenix firefighters arrived at the house located near 19th Avenue and Broadway Road at about 3:30 p.m. after a frantic phone call informed dispatch a baby had fallen into some type of container that was holding water, said Phoenix Fire spokesman Division Chief Mike Sandulak.

Crews found the infant on the side of the house with the mother, who was attempting to give CPR, Sandulak said. The crews also found an abundance blood. Authorities believe the mother cut her wrist when she broke glass in anger.

The baby had a weak pulse and was immediately taken to the emergency room at St. Joseph's Hospital, Sandulak said.

He added the infant is now breathing fine and has returned to full color. The mother was treated for her injury.

Sandulak said he was unsure of where the bucket was located or how the infant became submerged. This is the 35th water related injury involving a child under five years old the Phoenix Fire Department has responded to this year, Sandulak said.
Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
By Christopher Ramirez
Copyright 2007 Arizona Republic

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