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Updated: 07/15/2017 08:30:00AM

Girl nearly drowns in pond

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Sheriff's Lt. Clay Kinslow directs traffic around Emergency Medical Services vehicles on Thursday morning at a spot on U.S. 98 where parents from Lorida met EMS to take their child to a hospital after a near drowning. The little girl was reported to be in grave danger.


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LORIDA — A toddler remains in extremely grave condition after nearly drowning Thursday morning in a Lorida pond, according to authorities.

Her name is being withheld by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office pending results of an investigation into the incident, said Scott Dressel, Highlands County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. Dressel said she was airlifted to a regional, out-of-county health care facility, which was also not named.

The incident took place before 9 a.m. Thursday. Highlands County Central Dispatchers received a 911 call at 8:53 a.m. that a toddler was found unresponsive in a pond at a home on Sunnyside Drive in Lorida. Dispatchers broadcast to first responders that people on scene had already begun cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

While en route to the call, the Highlands County Emergency Medical Services crew was met on U.S. 98 at Thunder Road by family members transporting the child in a SUV. Sheriff’s deputies directed traffic around the rendezvous until after EMS left with the child. More information on the case or the child’s condition has not been released at this time.

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