Girl pulled from West Covina pond expected to survive

WEST COVINA — An 18-month-old girl who nearly drowned in a pond was hospitalized in stable condition Wednesday, authorities said.
The full extent of the young girl’s injuries was not clear, however she was upgraded at the hospital from critical to stable condition, West Covina police Cpl. H. Clements said.
The toddler was playing with three other children, all under 10 years old, about 6:40 p.m. Tuesday in the 1100 block of Sunset Avenue when she fell into a backyard pond, the corporal said. The other children apparently did not see her fall in.
Within minutes, the toddler’s mother, who had been watching the children through a window, realized something was wrong, police said. Family members then pulled the child from the pond.
Clements said police believe the child was in the water for no more than five minutes.
A police dispatcher instructed family members to to CPR until help arrived, Clements said. Police officers, and then paramedics continued CPR as the girl was rushed to a nearby hospital.
Though the girl was expected to survive Wednesday, Clements said, it was not clear if she was suffering from brain damage or internal injuries. Officials expected to find out more about the girl’s condition Thursday.

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  • Very tragic story that will hopefully have a happy ending.

    This really hits home, as we have a one year old boy and a five year old girl. Though our five year old loves her brother and wants the very best; young children should not be counted on to care for infants.

  • Parents really need to keep their eyes on their children especially when playing near water. The lack of oxygen going to the brain can cause brain damage. hopefully the child will not suffer from this.