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Child found under water remains in critical condition

fresno county sheriff
Posted at 4:19 PM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 19:19:15-05

FRESNO, Calif. — A boy who will turn one this week, remains in critical condition at the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.

At around 4 p.m. on New Years Day, a woman called the Fresno County Sheriff's Office to report finding her son unresponsive due to possibly drowning.

Relatives were performing CPR on the boy when deputies and EMS personnel arrived at the home located in Caruthers. The child was then airlifted to the medical center by CHP.

Deputies conducted an investigation and learned that the boy's mother and another family member were working on a project inside while the 11 month old and two older children played outside. The older children then alerted the adults that the 11 month old needed help.

When the mother went outside, she found the boy submerged in a plastic storage container, which was being utilized on the property to collect rain water running of a structure.

It is estimated that the boy was underwater between five and 10 minutes, according to deputies.