Dramatic Rescue: Baby Nearly Drowns After Falling in Toilet

The Sun Valley child, in serious condition, was taken by helicopter to a hospital

By Melissa Pamer and Sofia Pop
|  Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012  |  Updated 12:18 AM PDT
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A San Fernando Valley baby was recovering Tuesday night from a frightening accident that could have ended in drowning. Kim Baldonado reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Nov. 27, 2012.

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A San Fernando Valley baby was recovering Tuesday night from a frightening accident that could have ended in drowning. Kim Baldonado reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Nov. 27, 2012.

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A baby girl was recovering at home Tuesday night after falling head first into a toilet and nearly drowning at a San Fernando Valley home, according to authorities.

The baby was playing with her toddler sister at a family home in the 8200 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard when the incident happened, Los Angeles police said. 

The door was locked and the older sister was crying for help.

The girls' mother kicked the bathroom's door in, and found her baby girl head first in the toilet, according to Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Scott Harrelson, who spoke to the LA Daily News.

"The mother then kicked the door open and saw the infant head-down in the toilet," Harrelson told the newspaper.

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Harrelson was unavailable to provide details to NBC4 Tuesday afternoon, but LAPD's Media Relations Division confirmed the report.

The child's mother told NBC4 Tuesday night that she is a nurse, and was able to perform CPR on the child, which may have saved her life. She wanted other parents to know how quickly the situation developed.

The near-drowning was reported at 9:51 a.m. in Sun Valley.

"The baby was blue but slightly breathing," Harrelson told the Daily News. "The officers were able to open up her airways and she started to cry, which means she was responsive."

The baby girl was transported via Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter, which had landed at Sun Valley Middle School, LAFD spokesman Erik Scott said.

The child was taken to Children's Hospital in serious condition. She was later released.

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