Toddler Critically Injured After Falling Into Vallejo Creek, Expected to Make Full Recovery

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    A little boy was fishing with this grandmother when he fell in the water. (Published Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013)

    A toddler, who fell into a Vallejo creek during a fishing trip with his grandmother, is expected to make a full recovery.

    Police said he has been taken off all medications after nearly drowning on Saturday afternoon.

    Firefighters received a report around 4 p.m. that a child had fallen into a creek that runs along Fairgrounds Drive near the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, said Battalion Chief Cliff Campbell.

    When they arrived on the scene, a woman told them she had been fishing with her grandson when he had fallen into the water.

    "She told us that she usually ties a rope around his waist when she fishes down there because he's only 2 years old," Campbell said. "She had not done that yet and she turned around for a minute and he fell into the water."

    The grandmother was unable to reach the boy because she could not swim, but firefighters were able to quickly locate him in a drainage culvert that ran below where she had been fishing, Campbell said.

    The boy is thought to have been in the water around 10 to 15 minutes.

    Firefighters were able to get a pulse at the scene and at Kaiser Hospital in Vallejo, and the boy was being prepared for a transfer to Children's Hospital in Oakland in critical condition on Saturday evening, Campbell said.