Nov 292010

An infant remains in extremely critical condition after nearly drowning in a bathtub at an East Valley home Wednesday night.

MesaFire Department spokesman Forrest Smith said crews were called to theGold Canyon residence near Don Donnelly Trail and Superstition MountainDrive around 7:15 p.m. after the girl’s mother found her unresponsivein the tub.

Tim Gaffney, with Pinal County Sheriff’s Office,said the woman left the 11-month-old and her 3-year-old sister in thetub together while she went to the bedroom to get their pajamas. Whenshe returned, she reportedly found the infant floating face down in thewater.

A neighbor went to the family’s home after hearing screams and performed CPR on the 11-month-old until emergency crews arrived.

Smithsaid the girl wasn’t breathing and was without a pulse when medicalpersonnel got to the scene, but crews were able to regain a pulsebefore the infant was transported to Cardon Children’s Medical Center.

Gaffney said Thursday the young girl is still listed in extremely critical condition at the Mesa hospital.

The incident is reportedly being investigated as a tragic accident.

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