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Baby pulled from West Chester pond dies

UPDATE: 4-1-14 8:35AM

A baby girl is dead after her stroller falls into a pond.

Firefighters say yesterday afternoon the baby's stroller rolled down a hill and off a walking trail into a pond in West Chester.

The person who called 9-1-1 said the baby's older sister and another neighbor both jumped in the water to try and get the baby. Firefighters pulled the baby out from under the cold water, after she'd been in for thirty minutes.

She died overnight at the hospital.

The incident has been ruled accidental.

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WEST CHESTER, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- Firefighters pulled a nine-month-old girl, still strapped into her stroller, from a retention pond Monday afternoon.

A woman who lived on Windy Harbor Way called 911 at 1:55 p.m. to report someone in the pond needed help. She heard screams and saw a woman who did not speak English yelling and crying.

"I think somebody's kid drowned or something. Can you call somebody who knows swimming? Can you please," the neighbor said on the 911 call.

The neighbor who called 911 said the baby's older sister - believed to be in fourth grade - jumped into the water to try to find her. A neighbor also jumped in the pond but was only in the water for 30 seconds because it was so cold. The woman who was screaming was the baby's grandmother, according to neighbors.

"Apparently they were doing a walk around, it's paved back there. And I guess, from what I understand, the stroller got away and rolled down the hill," said West Chester Asst. Fire Chief Mike Mayes.

Firefighters used poles to try to find the baby's stroller. Once firefighters put on wet suits, they dove into the cold water and found the baby near the edge of the pond in six to 10 feet of water. The baby had been under water for nearly 30 minutes. The baby was not breathing when emergency crews took her to the hospital. She was later flown to Children's Hospital in Cincinnati.

"It's bad enough for any drowning and for it to be child is even more difficult," Asst. Chief Mayes said.

The area around the retention pond is paved. People who live in the neighborhood use it frequently to take walks with their children and pets.

"I went out around 1:30. It's a three-mile loop so I ran out with the dog, lots of people out just walking. Walking their dogs, walking their kids, no commotion," said Meghan Hamilton, a neighbor.

Neighbors walked around the street Monday evening asking if anyone had news about the baby's condition. All were thinking about the little girl and her family.

"I can't imagine what that family is going through. It's horrible. And I know all the neighbors are concerned about the family and the baby and praying that everybody is safe," Hamilton said.

The pond is not fenced but neighbors said they could not recall any children falling into the pond in the past.

Asst. Chief Mayes said Monday the baby was hypothermic when she was pull from the water and he was hopeful that could help her survive.




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