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Child drowns in tub

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, March 9, 2019
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A 3-year-old Decatur girl died Tuesday evening, four days after being found unresponsive in a bathtub in her home.

Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said his department received a call at 11:53 a.m. Friday, March 1, from a woman who said she found her child underwater in the bathtub.

“The mom put her in the bathtub and then walked into another room to tend to two other kids. She came back and found the child face-down in the bathtub,” Hoskins said.

The mom told police she had been gone for only a few minutes before she discovered the unresponsive child.

Dispatchers instructed the mother on how to do CPR. When first responders arrived at the home in the 1200 block of North Business U.S. 81/287, the mother had the child on the floor in the kitchen attempting to administer CPR. At that point, the child was unresponsive.

Hoskins said at some point in the ambulance on the way to Wise Health System, medics were able to detect a pulse. The child was taken on to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.

According to information posted on the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s website, 3-year-old Eve Blankenfeld died in the Pediatric ICU at Cook Children’s at 5:28 p.m. Tuesday.

Hoskins said police do not suspect foul play. Instead, they believe it was a tragic accident.

“CPS has looked into it and found no signs of abuse,” he said.

As of Friday, the medical examiner had not listed a cause or manner of death.

A Go Fund Me page has been created to help the child’s family. To donate, visit wcmess.com/eve.

According to records kept by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, there have been three other child drownings in Wise County since 2012. One of those drownings involved a young child in a bathtub.

The DFPS offers the following advice for safety around water in the home:

  • Never leave small children alone near any container of water, including tubs, buckets, toilets or aquariums. Drain buckets and baths when done. A child can drown in as little as 2 inches of water.
  • Keep bathroom doors closed, and secure toilet lids with locks.
  • Never leave young children alone in or around the bath. Drownings can happen in even tiny amounts of water.
  • Get what you need before filling the tub. If you need to leave the room, take the child with you.
  • Make sure children cannot leave the house to get to pools or hot tubs.

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