The Union Recorder

June 14, 2013

Officers respond to possible drowning at motel pool

From staff reports
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Police and emergency officials were called to a North Columbia Street motel earlier this week following a near-drowning of a child.

According to a report from the Milledgeville Police Department, officers were called to the motel at approximately 7:49 p.m. Saturday in reference to a possible drowning at the motel pool.

According to the incident report from the Milledgeville Police Department, when law enforcement arrived on scene a white female was holding a small child. According to police, as an officer approached the child near the pool area, the child began to vomit up water and scream.

The child’s mother stated that she had performed CPR after someone discovered the child  floating face down in the five foot end of the swimming pool. The child’s mother said her son was unresponsive when he was pulled from the water.

Baldwin County Fire Rescue arrived at the scene and the child was turned over to EMS for treatment. While the child was being treated, MPD officials continued to speak with the mother about the incident. She told he officer that she left the child in the care of his father and the child’s sister, while she went back to the motel room for a moment. When the mother returned, the child was being pulled from the water and she immediately began performing CPR, according to the police report.

The child’s father told police that he was poolside at the time of the incident. He also stated that the child and other children who were also staying at the motel were playing in the shallow end of the pool, which was about three feet of water. While sitting at the corner of the pool area with his daughter, he noticed a number of children running and jumping into the water. An unknown female then yelled when she observed the child floating in the pool. The child’s sister immediately ran to the pool and pulled him from the water.

EMS transported the child to Oconee Regional Medical Center for Medical Treatment. Due to the age of the victim, Department of Family and Children Services was contacted and advised of the incident.