By-stander rescues baby from canal; dad arrested and appears in court this morning

Dad made his first appearance in court today

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - A 14-month-old baby boy nearly drowned Saturday evening and the baby's father is behind bars, Pasco Sheriff Deputies said.

The child was with Kevin Geddes, 39, at his house located on Floramar Terrace.

Deputies said that Geddes was very drunk and was swinging the little boy in his yard that is adjacent to a canal.

Geddes and the 14-month-old some how fell into the canal. On lookers offered help to try and pull the baby from the water. Geddes refused help from the others, officials said.

While Geddes refused help, the baby started to take on water. Finally, someone witnessing the drowning jumped into the canal and pulled the baby from the water.

The baby was immediately given CPR and was resuscitated.

He was flown to All Children's Hospital where he is expected to be okay.

Geddes, who is charged with aggravated child neglect made his first appearance in court Sunday morning. Bond was set at $7500.

The relationship between Geddes and the baby is not being released due to Florida Statute for child neglect.

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