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Lee County toddler nearly drowns in hot tub

Posted May 24, 2012

— A 1-year-old girl nearly drowned in a hot tub Thursday afternoon at a family gathering in Lee County, authorities said.

The child, whose name was not released, was taken to Central Carolina Hospital and then transferred to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill. She was listed in critical condition Thursday night.

Authorities said the child was with her mother at a family member's home on Doyle Cox Road near Sanford. The family was gathered on a large deck that surrounds a pool and hot tub.

Shortly before 4:30 p.m., the mother found her toddler face-down in the hot tub.

She screamed for help and the child's grandfather immediately started administering CPR.

When emergency crews arrived on the scene about five minutes later, the toddler had no pulse and wasn't breathing, said Broadway Assistant Fire Chief Josh Billings.

With continued CPR, paramedics were able to detect a pulse and the girl started breathing again on the way to the hospital.

Billings credited the grandfather for his quick action.

Crews, grandfather rescue toddler found face-down in hot tub Crews, grandfather rescue toddler found face-down in hot tub

"If he hadn't done what he did, I don't know what the outcome would have been," he said.

Lt. Van Holly of the Lee County Sheriff's Office said the incident should serve as a reminder as families across the area kick off the summer season and begin spending more time outdoors.

"Always keep your eyes on your children. They can get away from you. As every adult (and) every parent knows, they can get away as quickly as the snap of a finger," Holly said.

Billings said that the child's progress from the time he arrived on scene until the present is nothing short of a miracle. He's keeping the baby in his thoughts and prayers.

"It really hits you," said Billings. "When I left, I called my preacher and asked him to pray for the little girl."


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  • Red Green May 25, 2012

    "maybe "classified" can become "unclassified" and get back to the topic?" wmb95013

    Good one. Don't quit your day job.

  • OnlyTheBestWillDo May 25, 2012

    Oh no.

  • wmb95013 May 25, 2012

    maybe "classified" can become "unclassified" and get back to the topic?

  • Red Green May 25, 2012

    "Classified" If you did not understand what I said, let me know and I will type slower for you." dogphartlives

    Perhaps YOU should try re-reading MY post and read slower. Maybe the 2nd time around you'll comprehend.

  • storchheim May 25, 2012

    And Classified, you seem to use the word "arrogant" a lot. You know what's arrogant? Telling someone not to post because you don't like their opinion.

  • dogphartlives May 25, 2012

    "Classified" If you did not understand what I said, let me know and I will type slower for you.

  • dogphartlives May 25, 2012

    Classified" here's an idea "get a life" I have raised 3 Terrific children and have NEVER come close to letting one drown. Thats why God makes parents older than children,,,,,so we can WATCH over them !

  • smegma May 25, 2012

    oh my. no arrests? no lawsuits? no media blasts or public outcries? no new laws? what is this world coming to?

  • Red Green May 25, 2012

    eb2cents: regardless of what you’ve seen as far as preoccupied parents you were not present to witness the events leading up to this unfortunate accident. Based on that your comment makes you appear arrogant at best. You’d do well to not comment on something that you have no knowledge of.

  • hardycitrus May 25, 2012

    Summer time danger list:
    Swimming pools/hot tubs
    Boating without life jackets
    Toddlers wading in the river without a life jacket
    Climbing over the safety railing and falling off a waterfall
    ATVs Riding mowers Lawn mowers Riding in the back of an open truck Unlocked gun cabinets Dehyrdation and sun burn