A 2-year-old boy has been hospitalized after falling into a pond and at his apartment complex residence in Merrillville, Indiana. Authorities say the toddler was playing outside on Tuesday afternoon when he escaped his gated patio and fell into the pond, nearly drowning. The boy’s mother claims she looked away for just a moment, and the toddler escaped between the patio’s metal railing. The mother then began to search for the child, finding him in the pond.
The Merrillville Police Department report witnesses heard the mother pleading for help. The mother struggled to get the child to breathe by performing CPR along with another nearby neighbor. An apartment resident called emergency responders. The 2-year-old boy was rushed to a nearby hospital and then later air-lifted to Oak Lawn’s Advocate Christ Medical Center. Authorities report the child survived but is still hospitalized with an updated status unknown. The Merrillville Police Department will continue the investigation. It has been deemed a tragic accident by the preliminary findings.
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