Pinellas detectives investigating near drowning of 10-month-old in bathtub

UNINCORPORATED ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pinellas County detectives are investigating the near drowning of a 10-month-old in unincorporated St. Petersburg.

Detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit say that a 10-month-old girl was found lying face up in a full bathtub of water in unincorporated St. Petersburg on Sunday night. Detectives say the incident appears to be accidental in nature.

The incident occurred at a private residence located in the 4000 block of 46th Avenue North, in unincorporated St. Petersburg.

According to detectives, the 10-month-old was with her mother and her two-year-old brother when the mother placed the two children in the family's bathtub full of water for a bath.

According to the mother, she went into the kitchen, leaving the children in the tub. She told detectives that the children were in the bathtub for approximately fifteen minutes and she was periodically checking on them.

When she returned to the bathroom approximately two minutes after checking on them, she noticed her daughter face up under the water with her lips slightly above the water and not breathing. She screamed which alerted the child's father.

The mother took the baby from the tub and into the bedroom where they began CPR on the infant.

Deputies were notified and responded to the residence along with Lealman Fire Rescue who arrived on scene first and began advanced life-saving measures on the 10-month-old. Shortly after lifesaving measures were performed, the infant began to breathe on her own. She was transported to All Children's Hospital for further treatment.

The 2-year-old boy was not injured in the incident.

Detectives said that the incident appears to be accidental in nature.

The investigation continues.

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