Thursday, August 23, 2012

Child Clings to Life After Near Drowning - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Detectives with the Dallas Police Department Child Abuse Unit are investigating the potential drowning of a 3-month-old boy.

Ben Russell, NBC 5 News

Detectives with the Dallas Police Department Child Abuse Unit are investigating the potential drowning of a 3-month-old boy.

Police Investigate Child's Near Drowning

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Detectives with the Dallas Police Department Child Abuse Unit are investigating the near drowning of a 3-month-old boy that was reported overnight Thursday.

At about 1 a.m., someone called 911 to report the drowning of an infant inside of an upstairs apartment at a building in the 1400-block of Bennett Avenue in Old East Dallas, according to Sgt. Brenda Nichols with the Dallas Police Department.

That child was rushed to Baylor Medical Center before being transferred to Dallas Children's Medical Center, Nichols said.  The boy is still alive, according to Nichols, but is in bad shape.

A woman who told NBC 5 she is a family friend said she woke up to the sound of the mother screaming from inside of her apartment.

"She was totally distraught.  She almost fell down the stairs trying to get in to the ambulance," said Kathleen Flores, who said she went with the mother and the boy to buy diapers Wednesday.  "It's sad.  Her number one is her kids.  That's her number one.  That's all she talked about every day is her kids, her kids, her kids."

"Needless to say the parents are pretty upset right now," Nichols said.  "So we're in the process of trying to interview everybody involved, trying to figure out all the facts and see exactly what happened with the baby."

As of 11 a.m., detectives had just executed a search warrant to go inside of the family's apartment.

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