1-year-old taken to hospital after near-drowning in Lauderhill

Boy listed in critical condition

LAUDERHILL, Fla. – A 1-year-old boy was taken to a hospital Thursday after nearly drowning in Lauderhill, authorities said.

The incident was reported about 1 p.m. at a home in the 2400 block of Northwest 65th Terrace.

Neighbors told Local 10 News reporter Michael Seiden that several adults were inside the home and went outside to find the boy floating on his back.

"It's heartbreaking. All I saw was the paramedic just walked out with the child in his hand, trying to get his heart(beat) back, and out of nowhere I was like, 'God, please don't make that child die,'" neighbor Selena Levnebure said.

Lauderhill police Lt. Gregory Solowsky said officers performed CPR on the boy, who is nearly 2 years old.

Authorities said the child was not breathing on the way to the hospital.

They believe he was swimming unsupervised in the pool when the incident occurred.

"Parents need to make sure they first understand the dangers of the children falling into the water, and also do they have the ability to conduct CPR should there be any type of emergency," Solowsky said.

The child is listed in critical condition. His identity has not been released.

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