Baby saved after near drowning

By Brandon Evans | Published Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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Medics and firefighters responded to a call Monday night that a 1-year-old baby girl had drowned in a bathtub.

The call came in at 8 p.m. from a home located in the 100 block of Private Road 4439, just north of New Fairview near County Road 4421.

The parents, Cody and Lecresha White, were giving the baby a bath when they stepped away for just a moment, they told investigators.

“They stepped back into the bathroom, and the baby was floating face down in the water,” said Captain Kevin Benton with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. “She wasn’t breathing.”

While waiting for medics to arrive, the father started CPR and was able to get the baby breathing again. The medics took over CPR once they arrived several minutes later.

About a half-hour later, the baby was flown from the scene by a LifeTeam helicopter to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the baby was still hospitalized. It’s unknown if any long-term damage will result from the near drowning.

“We’re all monitoring the situation very closely,” Benton said. “We’re all hoping she’s going to be OK. This was very unfortunate.”

The Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the incident.

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