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Toddler flown to hospital after nearly drowning in pond near Harvard

File Photo – Mercyhealth REACT Helicopter | Photo: Alex Vucha.

CPR was performed on a toddler and she was flown to the hospital after she nearly drowned in a pond near Harvard, police said.

The Harvard Fire Protection District and McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded around 10:28 a.m. Saturday to the 200 block of North Olbrich Road in unincorporated Harvard for a report of a drowning.

McHenry County Sheriff Sgt. Aimee Knop said that deputies arrived and learned that two juveniles exited the residence without any adults knowing.

The juveniles, a 3-year-old boy and an 18-month-old girl, ended up in a pond on the property, Knop said. The parents were alerted by the 3-year-old boy.

The parents found their 18-month-old girl in the pond and pulled her from the water where she was unconscious and not breathing, Knop told Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

The parents called 911 and performed CPR on the toddler. By the time police and paramedics arrived, the toddler was conscious and breathing.

The 18-month-old was transported by ambulance to Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center in Harvard.

A Mercyhealth REACT helicopter landed at the hospital and transferred the toddler to Javon Bea Hospital-Riverside in Rockford.

The incident remains under investigation by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.


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